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The Siebel product provides a set of Web templates and cascading style sheets (CSS) to create the look and feel of a Siebel application. Customers can create their own look and feel by modifying corporate logos, colors, and fonts in the style sheets and Web templates. When modifying these elements, make sure you save a backup copy in case you want to restore the original files.
The Siebel Web architecture uses the Siebel Web Engine (SWE) to dynamically generate HTML pages. The SWE uses configuration information in the Siebel Repository (SRF) and HTML layout information in the Siebel Web Template (SWT) to merge data with the template when creating the HTML page.
A Web template defines the layout and formatting elements of the user interface (UI), such as views, applets, and controls. You associate these UI elements with the templates in Siebel Tools. The associated information is stored in the SRF file. For example, you might have a View object with three applets. You associate a View Template with the view, and map each applet to a placeholder in that template. The advantage of this approach is that the UI objects in the repository are not hard-coded in individual templates. As a result, a number of View objects can share the same template if they share the same layout. The same process and design applies to Applet objects.
The three primary templates types are Container, View and Applet. The final HTML pages created by the SWE places the applet in the view and the view in the container. Siebel eBusiness Applications provide numerous applet and view templates with the product. They can be viewed in Tools, but are edited in an external editor. For information about the physical user interface layer, see Siebel Tools Reference.
Customer and partner applications use HTML frames for compatibility when running in browser-based applications. HTML frames allow portions of the browser window to scroll independently of the rest of the window. For example, you can place the navigation elements in one frame and content in another frame. You can scroll the content while the navigation elements remain in a fixed location.
Customer and partner applications can be implemented without using frames. Before choosing this method, consider the following limitation. In an unframed application, all UI elements exist in the same window. Therefore, the contents list may scroll off the page as a user scrolls down. For example, if the user scrolls down to review content, the navigation elements might not be visible.
Siebel Search for Customers is a subset of the Siebel Search product. It allows users to scan database tables and documents for pertinent information. Siebel Search is included with every license of a Siebel application. For information about Siebel Search and Siebel Search for Customers, see Siebel Search Administration Guide.
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