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Configuring List Applets for the Siebel Handheld Client
You configure list applets and list columns for Siebel Handheld applications the same way you configure them for other Siebel applications.
Recommended Strategy for Configuring List Applets
The recommended strategy when configuring the Siebel Handheld application is to use the list applets for record navigation and to rely on form applets to provide the record details.
The following are additional guidelines to follow when designing list applets:
- Configure specific list applets for your Handheld application, rather than reusing Siebel Web Client list applets.
- Remove all but the essential list columns. Because there is limited screen area to display list columns, omit all unnecessary columns to minimize horizontal scrolling.
You can either remove the columns from the Handheld application or set the Show in List property on the column to FALSE. These two methods are different in the following ways. If the columns are removed from the Handheld application, the data is not downloaded to the handheld device. This keeps the Handheld application data to a minimum and, in turn, optimizes the synchronization process performance. If the Show in List property on the column is set to FALSE, the data is still downloaded to the device but is not shown by default. This second approach, though without the synchronization optimization benefit, does allow convenience for the user who wants to customize visible columns. Take these concerns into account when setting up users.
- Reorder the remaining list columns so that the most frequently used columns are furthest to the left.
- Reduce the default width of the list columns so that more columns can be viewed at one time.
- Use hyperlinks to ease navigation by enabling users to drill into a form applet.
These changes can minimize the amount of horizontal scrolling and column reordering that users must do. Limiting the number of list columns to those that are essential minimizes the amount of data downloaded to the device, resulting in faster synchronization times and more economical use of device memory.
NOTE: In Siebel Handheld applications, an asterisk (*) on a form applet, or in a column heading of a list applet, indicates a required field. Administrators specify which fields are required.
Use Siebel Tools to modify, or rearrange List columns. For more information about the List column options, see Configuring Siebel Business Applications.