BusinessObjects Enterprise includes report viewers that support different platforms and different browsers in the client tier, and which have different report viewing functionality.
Report viewers fall into two categories:
- Client-side viewers (Active X viewer, Java viewer)
Client-side viewers are downloaded and installed in the user's browser. When a user requests a report, the application server processes the request, and retrieves the report pages from the BusinessObjects Enterprise framework. The application server then passes the report pages to the client-side viewer, which processes the report pages and displays them directly in the browser.
- Zero-client viewers (DHTML viewer)
Zero-client viewers reside on the application server. When a user requests a report, the application server processes the request, and then retrieves the report pages from the BusinessObjects Enterprise framework. The application server processes the report and creates DHTML pages that the viewer displays in the user's web browser. All report viewers help process requests for reports, and present report pages that appear in the user's browser.