An introduction to the new User Interface Text feature
By Richard Bingham-Oracle on Jul 10, 2014
New in Release 8 is a feature that allows you to replace almost any of the text shown in your deployment. This includes things like field labels and region titles (from resource bundles), as well text used in the action-response messages shown to your users (from the message dictionary). Whilst page composer and setup tasks offered similar features, this new capability - known as the User Interface Text Editor, doesn't limit you to page specific adjustments, enabling simple wholesale changes for all pages wherever that text string is used.
As such, if your organization has specific requirements in the terms they use, this feature allows for quick-and-simple customization. The most commonly used example is to change the text label 'employee' to 'associate' for all pages. For a quick demo review this short video from our YouTube channel.
In addition, below is a short list of interesting bullet point notes:
- The changes apply across all applications and products in the instance - wherever the message or string is used.
- The feature is secured under the Application Administrator job role.
- It respects the user session language, meaning you can set different language values for your texts. An online bulk translation feature is also planned.
- There is a strict adherence to sandbox use, as with most new customization features. However a sandbox only applies to text strings, not action-response messages.
- Changes made are included in the customization set migration feature, for porting from test to production instances.
- The feature maintains the precedence of page composer customizations, not overwriting changes made to individual texts on specific pages.
- The changes do not apply to text used in BI reports and analytics, navigation menu's, or in SOA-related interactions.
You can read more in the full overview in this article from the Apps User Experience team, and to understand where this tool fits with other page customization features see this part of the documentation.