Variables - Sap business one
Hi I have a print layout design form designed by someone else. I would like to modify it and have noticed that it uses a variable number for one of the fields. How can i tell what the variable definition is for this variable? thankyou
Zal Parchem replied
Judi - a suggestion as I got burnt on this area - be VERY VERY careful when using variables in the Print Layout Designer (PLD). I walked into a customer's office and said the information she wanted could be included as part of the results with PLD by using the variables displayed in the system. A bit embarassed when the results came out funky and certainly not what she was looking for.
I did an extensive amount of research and submitted a ticket to SAP, and here is their reply (verbatim from the ticket):
"The fields in the other report that are showing results 'Text Type Field'
are harcoded or system fields and they only can be used by our
<u>Variables are generally not supported by us as they can be subject to
change in patches or upgrades. Please check Note 723783...
We do not guarentee that the displayed Variable Numbers are valid
and will print the correct information...</u>
Adding Variables can as well corrupt your Layout in General. Therefore
we do not encourage you to try to add your own Variables..."
By "displayed variable numbers", SAP Support was referring to some numbers I had copied down from the forms themselves and passed on to SAP asking why they were not as documented. But guess what - the variables did NOT print the same info in the PLD as what was displayed on the system! It turned out to be a real mess.
I am especially worried about the statement that variables can change in patches or upgrades and wonder if there will be some work to be done for when any PLD was modified?