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35 Setting Your Personal Preferences

WebCenter Spaces Preferences provide easy configuration settings for tailoring your application environment to your particular working style. These include settings for your preferred application display language; your preferred application look and feel; your WebCenter Spaces password; and the like. Additionally, WebCenter Spaces Preferences provide an accessibility setting to optimize the application user interface for use with a screen reader, such as JAWS.

Preferences settings are a user-level customization that affects only your view of the WebCenter Spaces application.

This chapter describes how to specify your personal WebCenter Spaces Preferences. It includes the following sections:

See Also:

Preferences associated with specific services are discussed in the chapters that cover each service.

For information about Messaging, Subscription, and Notifications preferences, see:

For information about People Connections preferences, see:

For information about Instant Messaging and Presence preferences, see Section 62.2, "Identifying Your Preferred Instant Messaging Provider"

For information about Search preferences, see Section 56.2, "Setting Preferences for WebCenter Spaces Search Results"

For information about Mail preferences, see Section 65.3, "Selecting Your Preferred Mail Connection"

Audience

This chapter is intended for users minimally assigned the authenticated-role (that is, users who can log in to the WebCenter Spaces application) who want to establish their general application preferences. This includes selecting a display language, identifying your preferred date and time formats, specifying a time zone, providing external application login information, and the like.

35.1 Accessing the Preferences Dialog

The easiest way to open the Preferences dialog is to click the Preferences link (Figure 35-1).

Figure 35-1 Preferences Link

Preferences link

The availability of navigational links, such as the Preferences link, is determined by the people who design and build your WebCenter Spaces portal. This being so, you may not see a Preferences link. In such a case, ask your application administrator to make the Preferences link available.

35.2 Choosing Your Preferred Display Language

The display language controls the language in which user interface (UI) elements are rendered in your browser. UI elements include button and field labels, application links, screen text, and so on. The display language also provides options for reflecting the current locale. Locale controls the appearance of symbols, such as monetary symbols, and the reading direction in which UI text is rendered.

To set a display language:

  1. Open the Preferences dialog (Figure 35-2).

    Figure 35-2 Preferences Dialog

    Preferences dialog

    See Also:

    For information about accessing the Preferences dialog, see Section 35.1, "Accessing the Preferences Dialog."
  2. Click General to access general preferences.

  3. From the Language dropdown list, select your preferred display language-locale (Figure 35-3).

    Figure 35-3 Language List in Preferences Dialog

    Language list in Preferences dialog

    Alternatively, select No Preference to accept the application-level default set by your WebCenter Spaces Administrator.

    See Also:

    For information about setting the application-level default display language, see Chapter 5, "Configuring Global Defaults." For information about display languages in WebCenter Spaces, see Chapter 24, "Working with Multilanguage Portals."
  4. Click OK to save your change and exit the Preferences dialog, or click Apply to save your change without exiting.

    Your change takes effect once you click OK.

35.3 Setting Date and Time Preferences

Use WebCenter Spaces date and time preferences to specify your preferred date and time formats and your current locale's time zone:

Note:

Some services may be developed with an intrinsic time display format. In such cases, these services are not influenced by your date and time format selections.

To set your preferred time format, date format, and time zone:

  1. Open the Preferences dialog (for more information, see Section 35.1, "Accessing the Preferences Dialog").

  2. Click General to access general preferences.

  3. Set your date and time preferences.

    Table 35-1 lists and describes the date and time options available on the Preferences General panel.

    Table 35-1 Date and Time Preference Settings

    Preference Setting Options

    Time Format

    The following list shows time formats; the formats in the UI reflect the current time:

    • No Preference—To display the default Time Format established by the WebCenter Spaces administrator

    • H:M AM/PM—To display hour, minutes, and AM or PM, such as 4:47 PM

    • H:M:S AM/PM—To display hour, minutes, seconds, and AM or PM, such as 4:47:52 PM

    • H:M:S AM/PM Time Zone—To display hour, minutes, seconds, AM or PM, and the abbreviation of the specified time zone, such as 4:47:52 PM PDT

    Date Format

    The following list shows date formats; the formats in the UI reflect the current date:

    • No Preference—To use the default date format set by the WebCenter Spaces administrator

    • M/D/YY—To use a number format, such as 6/18/10

    • MON D, YYYY—To use an abbreviation format and the full year, such as Jun 18, 2010

    • Month D, YYYY—To display the full month name and the full year, such as June 18, 2010

    • DAY, MONTH D, YYYY—To display the full month name, the full year, and include the day of the week, such as Friday, June 18, 2010

    Time Zone

    From the Time Zone pick list, select your preferred time zone. Alternatively select No Preference to accept the application-level default set by your WebCenter Spaces Administrator.


  4. Click OK to save your changes and exit the Preferences dialog, or click Apply to save your changes without exiting.

35.4 Enabling or Disabling Screen Reader Optimization

The General panel in the Preferences dialog provides options related to user accessibility. Select an option to optimize the application user interface (UI) for use with a screen reader, such as JAWS, or disable such optimization.

This section provides information about the use of screen readers with WebCenter Spaces and steps you through the process of enabling the optimization of UI content for use with a screen reader.

This section includes the following subsections:

35.4.1 What You Should Know about JAWS and WebCenter Spaces

Normally, the screen reader JAWS announces the links associated with a menu selection. With the Actions menu, JAWS does not announce the submenu items. For example, JAWS does not read the submenu items under Manage on the Actions menu. The workaround is to select the menu items using direct keyboard navigation. That is, instead of using JAWS Links chooser, navigate to the Manage submenu of the Actions menu using the Tab key on your keyboard.

Not all dropdown menus, fields, and radio buttons on Space administration pages are labeled. As a result, the JAWS screen reader renders a pound sign (#) instead of a label when the JAWS command Insert-F7 is invoked. The problem occurs in the following areas:

  • Dropdown menus in Space administration pages

  • Radio buttons on Space administration pages

  • Fields on the Documents page

The workaround is to use the Tab and arrow keys to navigate to each individual form field in order to hear each form field read.

When you add resources from the Resource Catalog, JAWS announces all Resource Catalog items as Add. This makes it difficult to identify the selected resource. To work around this issue, press the Tab key to get to the Add link for the resource, then press the Down Arrow key. JAWS then reads the description of the resource.

35.4.2 Optimizing WebCenter Spaces for Use with a Screen Reader

To optimize the application UI for use with a screen-reader:

  1. Open the Preferences dialog (for more information, see Section 35.1, "Accessing the Preferences Dialog").

  2. Click General to access general preferences.

  3. From the Accessibility Settings pick list, select your preferred accessibility setting.

    Choose from the following options:

    • No Preference—The UI is not optimized for screen readers. Screen readers can still process the WebCenter Spaces UI, but the UI is not optimized.

    • Enable Screen Reader Mode—The UI is optimized for screen readers.

    • Disable Screen Reader Mode—The UI is not optimized for screen readers. Screen readers can still process the WebCenter Spaces UI, but the UI is not optimized.

  4. Click OK to save your change and exit the Preferences dialog, or click Apply to save your change without exiting.

    Alternatively, click Cancel to cancel your change and exit the Preferences dialog.

35.5 Changing the Home Space Look and Feel in Your View

The General panel in the Preferences dialog provides a pick-list of application skins for your view of the Home Space. Application skins specify the application background color, screen fonts, and, with some skins, the shapes and images used for application buttons and icons. The skin you select through Preferences affects the look and feel of your view of the Home Space. No other users' views and no other areas of the application are affected.

To change the Home Space skin in your view:

  1. Open the Preferences dialog (for more information, see Section 35.1, "Accessing the Preferences Dialog").

  2. Click General to access general preferences.

  3. From the Application Skin pick list, select your preferred application skin.

    Choose from the following options:

    • No Preference—To defer to the application's configured skin setting

    • Skin_Name—To select a predefined application skin from the list of skins available to you

  4. Click OK to save your change and exit the Preferences dialog, or click Apply to save your change without exiting.

    The application refreshes, using the skin you selected for your view of the Home Space.

See Also:

Advanced users can create custom application skins and deploy them to WebCenter Spaces. For more information, see the chapter, "Creating and Managing Skins," in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Developer's Guide for Oracle WebCenter.

35.6 Changing Your WebCenter Spaces Password

Provided your application administrator has enabled you to do so, you can change your WebCenter Spaces password. Changing your password on a regular basis is one way you can participate directly in securing your application software.

See Also:

Your application administrator can prohibit you from changing your application password. If this feature is disabled, you cannot take the steps described in this section. For more information, see Section 6.4.3.4, "Configuring Profile."

To change your WebCenter Spaces password:

  1. Open the Preferences dialog (for more information, see Section 35.1, "Accessing the Preferences Dialog").

  2. Click Password to open the Password panel (Figure 35-4).

    Figure 35-4 Preferences Password Panel

    Preferences Password panel
  3. In the Old Password field, enter your current password.

  4. In the New Password field, enter your new password.

    Note:

    The requirements for this password are driven by the identity store that manages WebCenter Spaces application users. For password requirements and restrictions, contact your application administrator.
  5. In the Confirm New Password field, enter your new password again.

  6. Click OK to save your change and exit the Preferences dialog, or click Apply to save your change without exiting.

35.7 Providing Login Information for External Applications

The My Accounts panel in the Preferences dialog provides one-stop access to login credentials for all external applications that have been configured by your application administrator. My Accounts provides a way to store application login credentials so that you provide them only once for the life of the credential. Once you have provided your credentials, every time you access an external application within WebCenter Spaces, the login credentials are provided automatically. This gives you a single-sign-on type of experience where one login (to WebCenter Spaces) provides access to multiple applications.

Note:

If you change the login credentials for an application, you must enter them again into WebCenter Spaces Preferences as described in this section.

To provide login credentials for external applications:

  1. Open the Preferences dialog (see Section 35.1, "Accessing the Preferences Dialog").

  2. Click My Accounts to open the My Accounts panel (Figure 35-5).

    Figure 35-5 Preferences My Accounts Panel

    Preferences My Accounts panel
  3. In the left pane of the My Accounts panel, select an application.

    Log-in credential fields and checkboxes are shown in the right pane.

    Tip:

    The applications you see on the My Accounts panel are the ones that were configured by your application administrator. Contact your application administrator to request additional applications.
  4. Enter log-in credentials as required for the selected application.

    Fields requiring values are marked with an asterisk (*).

    Note:

    Login credentials vary from one application to another. For example, some applications may require user name and password, while others may require those values along with additional values, such as your mail address.
  5. Select Remember my login information to enable automatic authentication to the selected application every time you log in to WebCenter Spaces.

    Note:

    When you do not select Remember my login information, the login information that you enter is used only for the current user session. The next time you log in to WebCenter Spaces, you must also log in to this application.
  6. Click OK to save your change and exit the Preferences dialog, or click Apply to save your change without exiting.