The image below shows the first page of a sample report, which prints country names, their capitals and their populations. This report can be divided into several sections:
These sections are used for report designing and are called "Bands"; the report is a so called "banded" report. For example there is a "Footerband" for all text in the page footer and a "Titleband" for the report title on the first page. The most important band is the "Detailband". The detailband is printed once for each data record (for each country in the above example), which results in a list of the data. The detailband's layout is the same for each record, so it must be created only once, for one record, with placeholders for each data field. For every record the detailband is printed after the placeholders have been replaced with the current record's data.