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    Hi. I am new to apple applications. i have my rdl file in xml. But some of its tags are unreadable by ipad.
    i want to convert this rdl file in the suitable format.
    how to do this??
    Also which is the report file ipad supports?

    Any1 can help??

    Thanks in advance.
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    I don't know of any apps for the iPad that can read .rdl files, and I couldn't find any in the App Store. You're best bet is to convert them to PDF documents. If you only need to display the final report on the iPad, there are many apps that will display PDF files.

    Otherwise, I'm afraid I can't help. Sorry.
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    xml to html

    hmm thanks btw cant use pdf :(
    had one more query wanted to knw can we convert xml file to html and display it on ipad ????
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    Is there any converter for converting xml file to html file in MacOS.??
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    There is no way to do it on the iPad. The XML apps I could find were for viewing XML as text and editing it. No viewing or converting options.

    A quick Google search left me quite humble. I don't know enough to even make a good suggestion on where to start looking for a Windows or OSX program.

    Sorry.
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    xml to html and den on ipad?

    hmm ok can u tell me den if i covert xml file to html and deploy it on ipad can i view it ?
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    GoodReader can view a downloaded html file. It won't handle external links to images, but it will display the basic layout and text contained in the file. I think a couple of the other browsers are able to view downloaded html files, and certainly web archives, but I've never tested them. iCab Mobile is the most likely candidate.

    It would probably be easier to put your html on a web page and view it there in a browser, but I suspect that is also not an option.

    If you wanted to tell us what you are trying to accomplish, result wise, someone else here might have an alternate solution that will get results, if not exactly the way you expect.

    When I was trying to find something that looked like a viable XML to HTML converter, I saw several mentions of XML to csv conversion. You could import a csv file to any number of spreadsheet programs for viewing. Again, I can't recommend a program, but that looked much more promising than the HTML conversion.
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    Ok, the csv conversion set off an idea and another searach. Strangely enough, instead I discovered an iPad app that will convert XML to HTML. Go figure.

    It's called XSLT, and has almost no reviews. A glance at the screen shots suggests it can view the resulting HTML file. It's cheap, so it might be worth trying, or you can try contacting the developer and ask a few questions.

    On the other hand, the app FlowOnTheGo promises to view some types of XML files (DITA). Again, no reviews, but it is free.

    I don't know why I missed these on the first pass, but maybe that helps a bit.
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    hmm nice ur help is greatly appreciated:)
    actually m wrking on ipad application in which i have to render ssrs reports on i pad . i cant find the way pls help
    thanks
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    Over my head. You might have more luck in the Hacker or Developer forum.

    I'm still trying to get my head around lesson four of the Stanford University course in iTunes U; "Developing Apps for iOS". I've been stuck on it for months, but that may be because I've been putting off watching it again for months.

    But now that I know you are developing an app:

    I ran across this site while looking for a converter, but since it is more of a lesson on how to do the conversion via styles in a webpage, I ignored it. Now it looks like it might be of some use to you.

    Web Developer's Journal - Tips on Web Page Design, HTML, Graphics and Development Tools
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    Ohw thanks very much..this article was really helpfull...thanks once again...
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    Glad to stumble back into helpful mode? :)
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    Any1 can tel me plzz if i can do like following?

    I have an ssrs generated rdl reports which is mosly(?) xml data.
    N i need this report to be displayed on ipad.
    But i cant use a browser if i convert it to html.
    So how i ll convert this xml to some other format? which is that format?
    Also i cant use roambi.
    I guess i need to create a report viewer like roambi.(?)
    Is it possible to do it anyhow??

    Plzz help...Help will be appreciated..
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    The issue is you appear to be looking for a toolkit, not an app. If you are building an app to deliver ssrs reports, then I'd look at the output formats available on the SSRS server for a common format - I know it can generate numerous formats as we use most of them to some extent.

    If you are looking for dynamic views, then I'd consider delivery to a web front end (maybe even SharePoint) and use the browser to access and view - it might take trying a couple of the add-on browsers to get what you want, but that is one method. You could build a function in your app to request the web refresh the data and regenerate the report.

    If your goal is to download the .rdl source to the iPad and have it render the entire report, I doubt you'll have great success - the iPad probably is weak on the needed backend drivers for the data source and the tags in the .rdl are tailored to Microsoft, so you may not find much support.

    Sorry. Personally I'd explore the output formats for a rendered report and look for ways to consume them in your app, avoiding the actual rendering process with a web based backend being my best initial guess for how to do what you want.
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    Oh so i cant do this if i don want to use browser?

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