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Defining Key Flexfields

You define descriptive information and validation information for each segment. You also determine the appearance of your key flexfield window, including the size of the window, the number and order of the segments, and the segment descriptions and default values.

Once you set up or modify your structures and segments, you must freeze your flexfield definition and save your changes. When you do, your flexfield compiles automatically to improve on-line performance. You must recompile your flexfield every time you make changes using this form, including enabling or disabling cross-validation rules. You must also recompile your flexfield after you enable or disable shorthand entry using the Shorthand Aliases window.

You can see your flexfield changes immediately after you freeze and recompile your flexfield. However, your changes affect other users only after they change responsibilities or exit your application and sign back on.

Once you freeze your flexfield definition and save your changes, Oracle Applications submits one or two concurrent requests to generate database views of the flexfield's combinations table. You can use these views for custom reporting at your site. One of these views is always generated and contains concatenated segment values for all structures of the key flexfield. You see the name of this view in the Toolbar window. The other view is for the particular structure you are defining and freezing. This second view is generated only if you enter a view name for your structure in the View Name field. See: Overview of Flexfield Views.

Warning: Plan your key flexfield structures carefully, including all your segment information such as segment order and field lengths, before you define your segments using this form. You can define your key flexfields any way you want, but changing your structures once you acquire any flexfield data may create data inconsistencies that could have a significant impact on the behavior of your application or require a complex conversion program. Changing your existing structures may also adversely affect the behavior of to start taking changes again. does any of that make senseany cross-validation rules or shorthand aliases you have set for your structures, so you should be sure to manually disable or redefine any cross-validation rules (using the Cross-Validation Rules window) and shorthand aliases (using the Shorthand Aliases window) to reflect your changed structures.

See Also

Defining Key Flexfield Structures

Defining Segments

Choosing Your Value Set

Defaulting Segment Values

Segment Prompts and Display Lengths

Flexfield Qualifiers

Descriptive Flexfield Segments Window

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