My name is David Pratten. I am a Sydney based, Australian, freelance Information Designer (http://davidpratten.com) who is passionate about creating tools that help busy people to find the information that is relevant to them in detailed reports.
I read with interest about your conversation with Robert H. about the "the need for standards within and across organizations for the development of reports .... for good information practice." and I am interested in working with you on "developing vendor-neutral reporting templates"
I believe that we can use visual metaphor to improve on the static webpage or the PDF, to deliver understandable reports to people in information intensive roles. I have created and open sourced (GPL2.0) a tool that may be of interest.
Access to the document is through a visual metaphor that reveals related material, and shows search results. Every page of material may be separately commented on via twitter, facebook and a dozen other social media sites. These benefits are well expressed by Lina Caneva, Editor at probonoaustralia.com.au in her recent review of my work for the Productivity Commission http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2010/04/techie-simplifies-nfp-report