Pleasing the Client: Creating Custom Reports With SAS ODS LAYOUT and Proc REPORT
Through the Output Delivery System (ODS), SAS software provides a means for creating attractive, concise, and functional reports. Because ODS is an Object-Oriented (OO) technology, it provides the ability to move beyond template descriptions to creation of complete output layouts. Proc REPORT works with ODS to provide a completely customizable framework for presenting tabular data within the SAS system. The examples in this paper combine text, graphics, and tabular data to create health care management outcomes reports for the PDF destination. The examples in this paper were developed with version 9.1.3 of SAS executing on a Windows XP platform. The SAS features represented in this paper are not platform-specific and can be adapted by both beginning and advanced SAS users.