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Oracle Fusion Middleware Report Designer's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher
Release 11g (11.1.1)
Part Number E13881-02
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Intended Audience

Welcome to Release 11g (11.1.1) of the Oracle Fusion Middleware Report Designer's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher.

This book is intended for the following users:

See Related Information Sources for more Oracle E-Business Suite product information.

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1  Introduction
2  Creating or Editing a Report
3  Creating BI Publisher Layout Templates
4  Creating RTF Templates
5  Creating RTF Templates Using the Template Builder for Word
6  Creating Excel Templates
7  Creating PDF Templates
8  Creating Flash Templates
9  Creating eText Templates
10  Setting Report Processing and Output Document Properties
11  Creating and Implementing Style Templates
12  Understanding Subtemplates
13  Designing RTF Subtemplates
14  Designing XSL Subtemplates
15  Translation Support Overview and Concepts
16  Translating Individual Templates
17  Translating Catalog Objects, Data Models, and Templates
A  Techniques for Handling Large Output Files
B  Extended Function Support in RTF Templates
C  Designing Accessible Reports
D  Supported XSL-FO Elements

Related Information Sources

For more information, see the following documents in the Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) documentation set:

System Requirements and Certification

Refer to the system requirements and certification documentation for information about hardware and software requirements, platforms, databases, and other information. Both of these documents are available on Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

The system requirements document covers information such as hardware and software requirements, minimum disk space and memory requirements, and required system libraries, packages, or patches:

The certification document covers supported installation types, platforms, operating systems, databases, JDKs, and third-party products:

Do Not Use Database Tools to Modify Oracle E-Business Suite Data

Oracle STRONGLY RECOMMENDS that you never use SQL*Plus, Oracle Data Browser, database triggers, or any other tool to modify Oracle E-Business Suite data unless otherwise instructed.

Oracle provides powerful tools you can use to create, store, change, retrieve, and maintain information in an Oracle database. But if you use Oracle tools such as SQL*Plus to modify Oracle E-Business Suite data, you risk destroying the integrity of your data and you lose the ability to audit changes to your data.

Because Oracle E-Business Suite tables are interrelated, any change you make using an Oracle E-Business Suite form can update many tables at once. But when you modify Oracle E-Business Suite data using anything other than Oracle E-Business Suite, you may change a row in one table without making corresponding changes in related tables. If your tables get out of synchronization with each other, you risk retrieving erroneous information and you risk unpredictable results throughout Oracle E-Business Suite.

When you use Oracle E-Business Suite to modify your data, Oracle E-Business Suite automatically checks that your changes are valid. Oracle E-Business Suite also keeps track of who changes information. If you enter information into database tables using database tools, you may store invalid information. You also lose the ability to track who has changed your information because SQL*Plus and other database tools do not keep a record of changes.