There are two basic types of natural language description, both of which can be configured by changing the fields displayed in views:
Individual item descriptions reflect the fields included in a view, except for custom fields. For example, if you add the Cost Variance field to a view containing other cost-related fields, item descriptions for this view will reflect this if the Cost Variance for a task is $100.00, part of the description of that task might say:
The cost for this task is $900 ($100 over the baseline amount).
If individual users do not want to view natural language descriptions at all for individual items, an option for this is available on the report options page.
For summary descriptions, including certain fields in a view will cause Project Reporter to display a breakdown based on the field, including hyperlinks that can be used to filter the list of items in the Gantt chart. For example, including the Cost Variance field in a view will result in summary descriptions like this:
28 of these tasks are over budget, 10 are on budget, and 16 are under budget.
Clicking on the links in this summary will apply different filters for example, the over budget link filters the tasks to those with Cost Variance greater than zero.
The table below shows the fields that can be used to generate breakdowns in this fashion, along with a sample summary text for each:
|Completion Status||As of the current date, one of these tasks is unstarted, and two are finished.|
|Cost Variance||With respect to cost, one of these tasks is over budget, and two are on budget.|
|Work Variance||With respect to work, one of these tasks is over budget, and two are on budget.|
|Duration Variance||With respect to duration, one of these tasks is over planned duration, and two are on planned duration.|
|Start Variance||With respect to start date, one of these tasks is behind schedule, and two are on schedule.|
|Finish Variance||With respect to finish date, one of these tasks is behind schedule, and two are on schedule.|
|CV||With respect to Earned Value Cost Variance (CV), one of these tasks is over budget, and two are on budget.|
|SV||With respect to Earned Value Schedule Variance (SV), one of these tasks is over budget, and two are on budget.|
|Free Slack / Total Slack||With respect to free and total slack, one of these tasks has both free and total slack, and two have only total slack.|
|Leveling Delay||With respect to delay due to resource leveling, one of these tasks has some delay, and two have no delay.|