There are two main types of flexfield information: generic information on planning for and setting up any flexfield, and specific information on the particular Oracle Applications features that are built using flexfields. For example, the chapter "Planning and Defining Key Flexfields" applies to all key flexfields and describes setup procedures such as which forms you need to use. For specific information on setting up a particular flexfield for a product, see the Oracle [Product] User's Guide. For example, if you are designing and setting up the Accounting Flexfield, refer to the Oracle General Ledger User's Guide. If you have not set up a flexfield before, you should be sure you read and understand both of these types of information thoroughly.
This guide also contains information for more advanced flexfield-related customizations. For example, you may want to write custom reports that access flexfields tables and information using flexfield routines. Or, you may want to write custom reports that use flexfields as report parameters. Finally, you may want to write a Standard Request Submission report that has several special report parameters (Standard Request Submission uses descriptive flexfields to provide pop-up windows for users to enter choices such as values they want to report on).
Note that this guide does not contain information on how to use a flexfield as an end user, such how to enter or query flexfield data or how to set user profile options such as Flexfields:Shorthand Entry that affect the end-user behavior of a flexfield. You should see the Oracle Applications User's Guide for this information.
Overview of Flexfield Concepts
Benefits of Flexfields
Basic Flexfields Concepts
Overview of Setting up Flexfields