Nested Presentation Tables - OBI EE Style...

...or "- " vs. "->"

If you are a frequent user of Oracle BI Answers, you might find the following rather useful



As you know, presentation tables can be nested or indented to ease navigation. I know you're smiling now and think "why is he bothering me with this kindergarden stuff?".
Of course you know how this is achieved. Let's visit the Administration Tool:



Notice two things here:

First, the stop sign icon, which indicates a Presentation Catalog in the Oracle BI Applications rpd file which you should no longer be using.

Second, the well-known use of the hyphen and space "- " combination in order to achieve the indentation of presentation tables.

Let's label this "Analytics Style" because this is the way it has been done.

Now let's have a look at the new presentation catalog:

We notice that there are no hyphens and spaces, which by the way made some of the presentation tables inaccessible for external systems in the past.

When you open the Properties dialog for an indented presentation table you see how it's done:

Simply type "->" in the Description and the BI Presentation Server will interpret this as the command to render an indented presentation table. The description will render into a tool tip and yes, it does include the "->".

Let's call this "OBI EE Style" and use it from now on.

Happy indenting


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