long param drop down list - can an extension be used to recognize letters you are typing to jump further down the list?

db042190 1,516 Reputation points

hi we run 2014 currently. 2019 in the not too distant future.

i know ssrs cant recognize in a long param drop down what you are typing and move down the list like a lot of other reporting tools do.

is there a way thru an extension that a drop down can be sensitive to and jump alphabetically per the letters you are typing? I know there is an approach out there where a wild card is entered in a different param but that sounds limiting to me in a mult select scenario.

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  1. Olaf Helper 41,411 Reputation points

    You could create an additional parameter with a list of the first letter A-Z to use it cascade to filter the long list of the existing parameter.

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  2. db042190 1,516 Reputation points

    thx Olaf, thats great in a single select . but i suspect it could get weird in a multi select. and even so, our users would hate it. my head is saying there is an extension language that could be used for one off things like this and i might have even posted the question before. but i cant find it on the web.

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  3. Joyzhao-MSFT 15,566 Reputation points

    Hi @db042190 ,
    As Olaf said, cascading parameters is an efficient way to shorten the length of parameter dropdowns. If you need to enter letters in parameters and jump in alphabetical order, you may need to consult the development forum for more help.
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  4. db042190 1,516 Reputation points

    thx joyzhao, when you say dev forum are you thinking more OO web development? and suggesting there is no way even to extend ssrs to do something like this?

    or are you talking about a forum that is better suited to discussing "extensions" to ssrs that might cross over into this functionality ?

  5. db042190 1,516 Reputation points

    thx, yes the extension i'm thinking about must be more of a special "language" (vb like?) that you can attach as methods/functions to any report and limited to more of a procedural scope . like you said, i do think it has an interactive capability.

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