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6 Advanced Design Features

This chapter describes advanced features and component properties of the BI Mobile App Designer.

This chapter includes the following sections:

6.1 Working with Tables

The following sections describe advanced features of tables in the Mobile App Designer:

6.1.1 Customizing Alternating Row Colors

By default, alternating table rows in apps display a different gradient for easier viewing. You can customize the alternating row color.

To set an alternating row color:

  1. Select the table.

  2. Open the Properties pane.

  3. Click the value shown for Alternate Row Color to launch the color picker. Figure 6-1 shows the Alternate Row Color option.

    Figure 6-1 Alternating Row Color Property

    Setting alternating row color
  4. Choose a color and click OK.

6.1.2 Setting Table Options

Figure 6-2 shows the Table toolbar.

Figure 6-2 The Table Toolbar

Table toolbar

Use the Table toolbar to perform the following:

6.1.2.1 Set the Number of Rows to Display

The Rows to Display property controls the number of rows of data displayed as follows:

  • When designing an app, this property sets the number of rows that are displayed for the table within the app designer.

  • When viewing the app, this property sets the size of the scrollable region for the table.

The default is 10 rows of data. You can select 10, 20, 30, 40, or All rows of data to be displayed. To set a custom value, open the Properties pane and enter the custom value for the Rows to Display property.

Note:

Displaying more rows of data can impact the performance of the app designer.

6.1.2.2 Define Filters for Data Displayed in the Table

See Section 6.3, "Adding Filters to Tiles, Charts, Tables, and Pivot Tables."

6.1.2.3 Apply Conditional Formats to a Table or Table Column

A conditional format changes the formatting of an element in the table based on a condition. Use this feature for highlighting target ranges of values in the table. For example, you could create a set of conditional formats for the table that display rows in different colors depending on threshold values.

6.1.2.4 Applying Conditional Formats to a Table or Table Column

To apply a conditional format:

  1. Select the table or a specific table column.

  2. Click the Highlight button. This launches the Highlight dialog.

    Figure 6-3 The Highlight Dialog

    Highlight dialog
  3. Enter the fields to define a condition and format to apply, as described in Table 6-1.

    Table 6-1 Fields to Define Conditions and Formats

    Field Description

    Data Field

    Select the data field to apply the condition to. All elements are available regardless of whether they are included as table columns. For example, you may want to highlight in red all employees with salaries greater than $10,000, but not actually include the salary element in the table.

    Operator

    Select from the following operators: is equal to, is not equal to, is less than, is greater than, is less than or equal to, is greater than or equal to, is between

    Value

    Enter the value or values appropriate for the operator selected. You can enter a static text value or choose a data field

    Important: If entering a date value, use one of the following XSL date or time formats: YYYY-MM-DD or YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS.

    Font Family

    Select the font to apply to the row of data that meets the condition. You can also apply bold, italic, or underline emphasis.

    Size

    Select the size of the font to apply to the row of data that meets the condition.

    Color

    Click the color box to open the Color Picker. Choose one of the predefined colors or click Custom Color to define a color to apply to the font.

    Background Color

    Click the color box to open the Color Picker. Choose one of the predefined colors or click Custom Color to define the background color to apply to the row.


6.1.2.5 Managing Formats

After you have added conditional formats, use the Manage Formats command to edit or delete a format.

To manage formats:

  1. Click the Manage Formats button to launch the Manage Conditional Formats dialog.

    Figure 6-4 Managing Conditional Formats

    Manage Conditional Formats dialog
  2. Hover the cursor over an item to display the actions toolbar. Use the toolbar buttons to edit the format, move the format up or down in the order of application, delete, or add another format. The order of the conditions is important because only the first condition that is met is applied.

6.1.2.6 Show or Hide the Total Row

By default, the app designer inserts a total row in a table that sums numeric columns. To remove the total row, click the Show menu and select the table view without the highlighted total row. Figure 6-5 shows the Show menu options.

Figure 6-5 The Show Total Row Options

Show Menu options

The total row can be further customized using the Total Cell toolbar and the Properties pane. For more information see Section 6.1.5, "Customizing Table Totals."

6.1.3 Customizing Column Headers

Figure 6-6 shows the Table Column Header toolbar.

Figure 6-6 The Table Column Header Toolbar

Table Column Header toolbar

Use the Table Column Header toolbar to perform the following:

  • Edit the font properties of the table header column

  • Edit the cell properties of the table header including border weight, style, and color and background fill color

  • Set the vertical and horizontal alignment of the table header

  • Apply grouping

6.1.3.1 About Grouping

"Grouping" groups together elements in the data of the same value. In a table, applying grouping can make the table easier to read. After you group elements in a table, you can also add a subtotal row for each group. Grouping can be applied to a table column header or to a table column.

6.1.3.2 Apply Group Left

To apply group left to a table column:

  1. Select the Table Column header.

    Selecting the table column header
  2. On the Table Column Header toolbar, select Group Left.

    Selecting Group Left

    Like values are now grouped together for the selected column of your table.

    Example Group Left

6.1.3.3 Applying Subtotals

To further enhance a table, you can add a subtotal row to display for each grouped occurrence of the element.

To apply subtotals for a grouped column:

  1. Select the table column header of the grouped column.

  2. On the Table Column Header toolbar, select Subtotals. Your table now shows a subtotal row for each group.

    Adding subtotals

6.1.4 Customizing Table Data Display

The Column toolbar is enabled when you select a specific column in a table. Figure 6-7 shows the Column toolbar.

Figure 6-7 The Column Toolbar

Column toolbar

Use the Column toolbar to:

6.1.4.1 Setting Table Data Formatting Options

The options you see in the Data Formatting region of the toolbar depend on the data type of the column you selected. The toolbar provides common options to choose from. If an option is not listed, you can enter a custom Oracle or Microsoft formatting mask in the Properties pane. You can also set a formatting mask dynamically by including the mask as a field in your data. These features are described in the following sections:

6.1.4.2 Formatting Numeric Data Columns

If the column contains numeric data, the following formatting options are available:

  • Format - Select one of the common number formats from the list. The format is applied immediately to the table column. The formats are categorized by Number, Percent, and Currency, as shown in Figure 6-8.

    Figure 6-8 Number, Percent, and Currency Formats

    Data formatting options

    To apply a format not available from this list, see Section 6.1.4.4, "Custom and Dynamic Data Formatting."

  • Decimal position - Click the Move Left or Move Right to increase or decrease the decimal positions displayed. For example, 1,234.00 displays as 1,234 after you click Move Right twice.

  • Show/Hide Grouping Separator - Click this button to hide the grouping separator (for example, 1,234.00 displays as 1234.00). To show the grouping separator, click the button again.

6.1.4.3 Formatting Date Type Data Columns

If the column contains dates, the following formatting options are available:

  • Format - Select one of the common date formats from the list. The format is applied immediately to the table column. The formats are categorized by Date and Time, as shown in Figure 6-9.

    Figure 6-9 Date and Time Formats

    Date and Time formats

6.1.4.4 Custom and Dynamic Data Formatting

BI Mobile App Designer supports the use of the Oracle and Microsoft format masks for custom data formatting. The display of the output depends on the locale selected for viewing the app.

For more information on Microsoft format masks, see "Using Microsoft Number Format Masks" in Oracle Fusion Middleware Report Designer's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher.

For more information on Oracle format masks, see "Using Oracle Format Masks" in Oracle Fusion Middleware Report Designer's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher.

To apply custom data formatting:

  1. Select a data field or column.

  2. Click Properties. The Data Formatting options are displayed as shown in Figure 6-10.

  3. Figure 6-10 Data Formatting Properties

    Data formatting properties
  4. From the Formatting Style drop-down list, select the Oracle or Microsoft formatting style. The Oracle formatting style is recommended.

  5. In the Formatting Mask field, enter a formatting mask. For example, for a column that contains product totals, you can use the Oracle formatting style, and the 9G999D99 formatting mask to display total values with two zeros to the right of the decimal place.

Formatting masks can also be applied dynamically by either including the mask in a data field or in a parameter to the app. The mask is passed at run time and applied.

To enter a dynamic formatting mask, in the Formatting Mask field, choose the data field that defines the formatting mask. Figure 6-11 shows an example of setting a dynamic number format mask. For this example, a parameter called NumberFormat prompts the user to define a format mask when the app is viewed. The value is passed to the Formatting Mask property and applied to the data field in the app at run time.

Figure 6-11 Selecting a Field for a Dynamic Formatting Mask

Dynamic Data Formatting Mask

If you use a parameter to pass the format mask ensure that you select the Include Parameter Tags option on the BI Publisher 'data model Properties page.

6.1.4.5 About the Formula Option

The options available from the Formula region of the column toolbar depend on the data type of the column.

For more information about applying formulas, see Section 6.1.5.2, "Applying a Formula."

6.1.4.6 About the Sort Option

To sort the data in a column, select the column, then under the Sort group click Ascending Order or Descending Order.

To sort by more than one column, select the column, the sort order, and then assign a Priority to each column. The priority list is a list of values beneath the sort order commands.

To apply multiple sort orders to a table:

  1. Select the column.

  2. On the Column tab, under Sort, click the appropriate Ascending or Descending Order button.

  3. From the Priority list, select 1.

    Figure 6-12 shows the Priority list.

    Figure 6-12 Priority List

    Sort
  4. Select the next column you want to sort by.

  5. On the Column tab, under Sort, click the appropriate Ascending or Descending Order button.

  6. From the Priority list, select 2.

  7. Repeat Steps 1 - 6 for each column you want to sort by, applying the appropriate priority for each column.

6.1.4.7 Removing a Sort Order

To remove a sort order applied to a column:

  1. Select the column.

  2. From the Sort region on the Column tab, click the appropriate button of the sort order that has been applied. For example, to deselect the ascending order, click the Ascending Order button to remove the sort command.

6.1.5 Customizing Table Totals

The app designer automatically inserts a grand total row when you insert a data table to the layout. As shown in the section on grouping, you can also insert subtotal rows within the table based on a grouping field. To edit the attributes of the cells in a grand total or subtotal row, select the cell that displays the total and use the options in the Total Cell toolbar shown in Figure 6-13.

Figure 6-13 The Total Cell Toolbar

Total Cell Toolbar

The Total Cell toolbar enables you to perform the following:

  • Edit the font properties of the total cell

  • Edit the cell properties of the total cell including border weight, style, and color and background fill color

  • Set the vertical and horizontal alignment of the table header

  • Apply formatting to the cell data

  • Apply a formula to the cell

  • Apply conditional formatting to the cell

6.1.5.1 Formatting Total Cell Data

See Section 6.1.4.1, "Setting Table Data Formatting Options."

6.1.5.2 Applying a Formula

By default, the formula applied to a Total Cell within a numeric column is a sum of the column items. The Formula option enables you to apply a different formula.

Not all options available from the Formula region of the column toolbar are applicable to a Total Cell.

For more information about applying formulas, see Section 6.1.5.2, "Applying a Formula."

6.1.6 Inserting Links to Table Column Data

See Section 6.5, "Adding Static or Dynamic Links."

6.2 Working with Pivot Tables

This section includes the following topics about working with pivot tables in the Mobile App Designer:

6.2.1 About the Pivot Table Toolbar

Figure 6-14 shows the Pivot Table toolbar.

Figure 6-14 The Pivot Table Toolbar

Pivot table toolbar

Use the Pivot Table toolbar to:

  • Apply filters to the pivot table data

  • Customize the display of total rows

  • Convert the pivot table to a chart

  • Switch pivot table columns and rows

6.2.1.1 Applying Filters

See Section 6.1.2.2, "Define Filters for Data Displayed in the Table" for a description of he Filter and Manage Filters features.

6.2.1.2 Customizing the Display of Totals

The Pivot Table toolbar enables you to quickly customize the display of grand total and subtotal rows.

By default, the pivot table display the total and subtotal rows as shown in the toolbar:

  • Row Grand Total - Inserted at bottom of table

  • Row Subtotal - Inserted at top of each subgroup, with no row header

  • Column Grand Total - Inserted at the far right

  • Column Subtotal - Inserted to the left of each column subgroup, with no header

Change the positioning and display of totals and subtotals by clicking the appropriate group in the toolbar and selecting the desired layout pattern from the menu.

6.2.1.3 Switching Rows and Columns

Use the Switch Rows and Columns command to see a different view of the same data.

6.2.2 Customizing Pivot Table Headers

The Pivot Table Header toolbar is shown in Figure 6-15.

Figure 6-15 The Pivot Table Header Toolbar

Pivot table header toolbar

Select the column or row header of the pivot table and use the Pivot Table Header toolbar to perform the following:

6.2.3 Customizing Pivot Table Data

The Pivot Table Data toolbar is shown in Figure 6-16.

Figure 6-16 The Pivot Table Data Toolbar

Pivot table data toolbar

Select the data area of the pivot table and use the Pivot Table Data toolbar to perform the following actions. The commands in the Pivot Table Data toolbar are the same as the corresponding commands in the table Column toolbar. See the references for more information on their use.

6.3 Adding Filters to Tiles, Charts, Tables, and Pivot Tables

Apply a filter to refine the items displayed in tiles, charts, tables, and pivot tables. For example, apply a filter to:

You can add multiple filters and manage the order in which they are applied to the page component.

6.3.1 Applying Filters

To define a filter:

  1. Select the component in the page you want to apply the filter to (tile, chart, table, or pivot table) and click the Filter toolbar button.

    Figure 6-17 Filter Command Shown on the Table Toolbar

    Filter option on toolbar

    This launches the Filter dialog.

    Filter dialog
  2. Enter the fields to define the filter.

    Table 6-2 Fields to Define Filters

    Field Description

    Data Field

    Select the data field to filter the table data by. All data fields are available regardless of whether they are included in the component or not.

    Operator

    Select from the following operators:

    is equal to

    is not equal to

    is less than

    is greater than

    is less than or equal to

    is greater than or equal to

    is between

    is in top

    is in bottom

    is null

    is not null

    contains

    starts with

    ends with

    Value

    Value is the value to which the data field you selected is compared. Enter the value for the operator selected. You can enter a static value or select a data field.


To enter another filter, follow this procedure again. To specify the order that multiple filters are applied, use Manage Filters.

6.3.2 Managing Filters

After adding filters, use Manage Filters to edit, delete, or change the order that the filters are applied.

To manage filters:

  1. Click the Manage Filters toolbar button to launch the Manage Filters dialog, as shown in Figure 6-18.

    Figure 6-18 The Manage Filters Dialog

    Manage filters dialog
  2. Hover the cursor over the filter to display the actions toolbar. Use the toolbar buttons to edit the filter, move the filter up or down in the order of application, delete, or add another filter.

6.4 Adding a Search Filter to Navigation and Accordion Lists

If the column that you select to create a navigation list or accordion list has many items, you can add a search filter to enable users to find specific items in the list more quickly. Figure 6-19 shows the data search filter option enabled for a navigation page.

Figure 6-19 Example of Data Filter for a Navigation List

Adding Filter to Navigation List

To add a search Data Filter for a Navigation or Accordion list:

  1. Select the Label field on your Navigation or Accordion page. Figure 6-20 shows selecting the Label field of a Navigation page.

    Figure 6-20 Selecting the Label Field

    Selecting label field
  2. Open the Properties pane.

    Properties pane
  3. Set the Show Data Filter property to True.

    Show Data Filter property

Note that the data filter does not display during design time. To see how the data filter displays at run time, Preview the app.

6.5 Adding Static or Dynamic Links

You can add links to Data Field components or table Columns. Links can be to any of the following:

To add links:

  1. Select the Data Field or the table Column in the app page for which you want to add a link. Figure 6-21 shows the Data Field toolbar.

    Figure 6-21 Link Command Shown on the Data Field Toolbar

    Link command
  2. In the Link dialog, choose the type of link to add from the Link To menu. When you make a selection, the region where you define the link content displays the appropriate prompts.

    Link dialog choosing Link to Type
  3. Specify the link to associate with the data field or column data. You can specify a static link or build a dynamic link using fields from your data. You can combine static text with data fields. To use a data field in your link definition, select the data field from the list and use the shuttle button to move it to the link definition.

Example: Create E-Mail Link with Data Field Source

Assume your app includes a table of employees. Your app data includes e-mail address as a data field. To add the e-mail link to each employee name:

  1. Select the table column to enable the Column toolbar.

  2. Click the Link command.

  3. In the Link dialog, select E-mail from the Link To list.

  4. Position your cursor to the right of mailto:

  5. Select the data field that contains the e-mail address and click the shuttle button to move it to the link definition area. as shown in Figure 6-22.

    Figure 6-22 Defining E-Mail Link Using a Data Field

    Defining a Link

Example: Create E-Mail Link from Combination Static Text and Data Field Source

Now assume you want to include the e-mail address for each employee, but the data does not contain the e-mail address field. Instead, you must construct the e-mail address from a combination of the FIRST_NAME and LAST_NAME fields and static text.

To construct the e-mail link:

  1. Select the table column to enable the Column toolbar.

  2. Click the Link command.

  3. In the Link dialog, select E-mail from the Link To list.

  4. Position your cursor to the right of mailto:

  5. To construct the link:

    • Select the data field that contains FIRST_NAME and click the shuttle button to move it to the link definition area.

    • Enter a period.

    • Select the data field that contains LAST_NAME and click the shuttle button to move it to the link definition area.

    • Enter the domain: @example.com

      Figure 6-23 Using Data Fields and Static Text to Define Link

      Defining a link

6.6 Features of Metric Fields

Metric fields are fields that calculate a measure, such as sum of revenue or count of orders. Examples of metric fields are the aggregated data fields you define for navigation and accordion pages.

When you select the measure field on an app page, the metric field toolbar enables you to customize display and calculation options. Figure 6-24 shows the Metric Field toolbar.

Figure 6-24 The Metric Field Toolbar

Metric field toolbar

Use the toolbar to perform the following tasks:

6.6.1 Apply Data Formatting

  • Data Formatting - Select one of the common number formats from the list. The format is applied immediately to the field. The formats are categorized by Number, Percent, and Currency, as shown in Figure 6-25.

    Figure 6-25 Number, Percent, and Currency Formats

    Decimal position

    To apply a format not available from this list, see Section 6.6.2, "Apply Custom Data Formatting."

  • Decimal position - Click the Move Left or Move Right to increase or decrease the decimal positions displayed. Decimal position

  • Show/Hide Grouping Separator - Click this button to hide the grouping separator (for example, 1,234.00 displays as 1234.00). To show the grouping separator, click the button again.

6.6.2 Apply Custom Data Formatting

To apply custom data formatting:

  1. Select the data field or table column.

  2. Click Properties. The Data Formatting options are displayed.

    Data formatting options
  3. For the Formatting Style property, select the Oracle or Microsoft formatting style. The Oracle formatting style is recommended.

  4. In the Formatting Mask field, enter a formatting mask. For example, for a column that contains product totals, you can use the Oracle formatting style, and the 9G999D99 formatting mask to display total values with two zeros to the right of the decimal place.

    To apply dynamic formatting masks, select the data field from the drop-down list that contains the formatting mask. See also Section 6.1.4.4, "Custom and Dynamic Data Formatting."

6.6.3 Add Formulas

Adding a formula is available from the following toolbars:

  • Column toolbar

  • Table Total Cell toolbar

  • Chart Measure Field toolbar

  • Pivot Table Data toolbar

Not all options are applicable to each component type.

6.6.3.1 Predefined Formulas Available from the Menu

The menu provides the predefined formulas described in Table 6-3.

Table 6-3 Predefined Formulas

Formula Description

No Formula

Removes any mathematical formula from a numeric column.

Blank Text

Removes the display of any data, text or numeric.

Count

Returns the count of the number of occurrences of the element in the current group.

Count Distinct

Returns a count of the distinct values of an element in the current group.

Summation

Sums the values of the element in the current group.

Average

Displays the average of the values in the current group.

Maximum

Displays the highest value of all occurrences in the current group.

Minimum

Displays the lowest value of all occurrences in the current group.


For non-numeric data, only the following formula options are supported:

  • Blank Text

  • Count

  • Count Distinct

6.6.3.2 Applying Custom Formulas

Click Define Custom Formula to define your own formula for a component. The Function dialog enables you to define Basic Math, Context, and Statistical functions in the layout.

Figure 6-26 shows the Function dialog.

Figure 6-26 The Function Dialog

Function dialog

6.6.4 Add Stoplight Formatting

For details on adding stoplight formatting, see Section 4.7.3, "Stoplight Formatting for Navigation and Accordion Pages."

6.7 Setting Borders

Several components enable setting a border around the item. For example:

To set the border around an item:

  1. Select the component in the app page to activate the component toolbar.

  2. Click the Border icon.

    Set border
  3. In the Border dialog set the following values for each border:

    • Width - enter a value in pixels (px), points (pt) inches (inch), or centimeters (cm)

    • Style - select from Solid, Double, Dotted, or Dashed

    • Color - click the color to launch the color picker

    Set Border dialog

    To use the same values for all borders, select Use same value for all sides and set the values for the top border only.

  4. Click OK.

6.8 Setting Margins

Use the Margin dialog to set the margins for:

To set margins:

  1. Select the app page, tile or table component.

  2. Click Properties. Figure 6-27 shows the Properties for an app page.

    Figure 6-27 Setting Properties for an App Page

    Set Margins
  3. Click the value shown for Margin to launch the Margin dialog.

    Figure 6-28 shows the Margin dialog.

    Figure 6-28 The Margin Dialog

    Margin dialog
  4. Select the desired size for the margin. You can set the units to pixels (px), points (pt), inches (inch), or centimeters (cm).

  5. Enter the value for the Top, Left, Right, and Bottom margins.

    To automatically set the same value for all sides, select the box: Use same value for all sides. This action disables all but the Top margin entry. Enter the value in the Top to apply to all sides.

6.9 Using the Color Picker

The Color Picker enables you to change the color of the selected item.

Color picker

You can select a new color in any of the following ways:

Custom color dialog

To define a custom color:

  1. Drag your mouse over the color palette to the color desired; or, enter the Red, Green, and Blue color model values.

  2. Use the slider bar to increase or decrease the color saturation.

  3. Click OK.