Relevance in dashboards

Dashboard markup is passed through a pre-processor that recognizes Relevance tags. These Relevance expressions are evaluated and the tag is then replaced by those results. The results are then wrapped in a special <span> tag so they can be reevaluated and updated as they change, creating a dynamic document. You can also use JavaScript to evaluate Relevance and for other document object model manipulations.

You can evaluate relevance in dashboards in two ways, both of which are compatible with wizards and Web Reports.

  • The first technique is to use the <?relevance expression ?> tag. This method is used when you want to create sections of properly formatted HTML containing Relevance results. These instructions are parsed at load time and replaced by the result of evaluating the given expression. The result is coerced into the html inspector type that means that the string is escaped, ensuring that it does not interfere with any surrounding HTML code. The html type is described in greater detail later in this guide.

  • The second technique works when you must evaluate relevance from within JavaScript. In this case, use the EvaluateRelevance function. This function is defined in an external JavaScript source file that is automatically included by console documents that support dashboard functions, including Fixlets, tasks, baselines, analyses, wizard documents, and Web Reports. In Web Reports, the external definition is somewhat different, but it works the same way.

From any script code, you can evaluate a relevance expression and get the results back as a string, with a statement like this:

myDiv.innerText = EvaluateRelevance( "expression" );

The expression is a relevance expression string just like in the <?relevance ?> case.

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The result of EvaluateRelevance depends on whether the expression is a singular expression or a plural expression.

If the expression is singular, the result is a string.

If it is plural, the result is an array of strings.

Unlike the results of relevance in processing instructions, none of the strings are HTML escaped unless you use the "as html" cast explicitly.

If an error is encountered, EvaluateRelevance throws an exception. You can get a descriptive error string as follows:

try {
    myDiv.innerText = EvaluateRelevance( "expression" );
catch (e){
    window.alert( "Error encountered evaluating relevance: " + e.description );