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Oracle Workflow Developer's Guide
Release 2.6.3

Part Number B10284-02
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To Create a Process Activity

Before you can draw a workflow process diagram, you must first create a process activity in the navigator tree to represent the process diagram.

1. Select the item type that you want to create a process activity for in the navigator tree, then choose New Process from the Edit menu. Define your process activity in the Activity property page that appears.
If a process activity is closed and you want to redisplay it, select the process activity in the navigator tree and press Enter or select Properties from the mouse menu button.
2. A process activity must have an Internal Name (all uppercase and no leading/trailing spaces) and a Display Name, which is the translatable name that appears in your process diagram. Use the description to provide an explanation about this activity.
Attention: To update the internal name of an activity once it is defined, you must use a special SQL script called wfchact.sql. You should only use this script to correct errors in an activity's internal name during design time. Do not use this script to rename activities that are involved in running instances of processes. See: Wfchact.sql, Oracle Workflow Administrator's Guide.
Caution: Do not include colons ":" or leading/trailing spaces in your internal name.
3. Indicate the result type (a predefined Lookup Type) for this activity. Result types list the possible results returned by this process. See: To Create Lookup Types.
You can choose <None> as the result type if you do not need to record any specific result for the completion of your process.
4. Choose an icon that identifies your activity. You can use any icon, as long as the icon is stored in a .ico file, to symbolize the action of an activity. See: Adding Custom Icons to Oracle Workflow, Oracle Workflow Administrator's Guide.
Choose Browse to view the icon files listed in the workflow icons subdirectory.
You can also drag and drop icon files from the Windows Explorer or File Manager onto an activity in your navigator tree to assign that icon to the activity.
5. Check Runnable so that the process that this activity represents can be initiated as a top-level process and run independently. If your process activity represents a subprocess that should only be executed if it is called from a higher level process, then uncheck Runnable. See: CreateProcess, Oracle Workflow API Reference.
Caution: Oracle Workflow does not support reusing a subprocess activity multiple times within a process hierarchy. If you wish to use a subprocess more than once in a process, you must create a distinct copy of the subprocess for each instance needed.
6. Choose Apply to save your changes.
7. Select the Details tab to display and modify the optional details of the activity. See: To Define Optional Activity Details.
8. Select the Access tab page to set the access levels allowed to modify this process. The access you set for a process activity determines who has access to edit its process diagram. See: Allowing Access to an Object.
9. Choose Apply to save your changes, OK to save your changes and close the property page or Cancel to cancel your changes and close the property page.
10. The process activity now appears beneath Processes in the navigator tree. You can review or edit the properties of this activity at any time by selecting the activity and choosing Properties from the Edit menu or by pressing Enter on your keyboard.

See Also

Using the Edit Button in a Property Page

To Copy an Activity

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