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About Lists of Values

A list of values (LOV) is a set of values that populates the list when a user accesses a drop-down list in the user interface.

The following types of lists are available in a Siebel application:

  • Static drop-down lists. A static drop-down list is a selection list with values that change only when administrators change them. An example of a static drop-down list is a list containing postal abbreviations for states and countries.
  • Dynamic lists. A dynamic list is a selection list that usually contains transactional data. An example of a dynamic list is a list containing account names.

    Generally, dynamic lists include all lists that do not retrieve values stored in the S_LST_OF_VAL table. Dynamic lists are typically rendered through a pick applet, such as the list used to choose an account for a contact. However, they can be configured to appear as drop-down lists.

The remainder of this chapter focuses on static drop-down lists. You administer these lists from the views for lists of values. For information about how to set up a new list of values and configure both static drop-down lists and dynamic lists, see Configuring Siebel Business Applications.

This chapter describes how to work with the values that populate static drop-down lists, including how to create or modify values in an existing list of values, and deactivate values when you do not want them to appear. In addition, it describes how you can constrain lists of values through selections in other lists. For information about creating multilingual lists of values (MLOV), see Configuring Siebel Business Applications.

You can view data for lists of values in the following views of the Administration - Data screen:

  • In the List of Values view, a list view
  • In the LOV Explorer view

The values in these two views are the same. Only the format in which the information is presented is different. The procedures in this chapter give instructions that specify using the list view. You can also use the explorer view.

Your Siebel Business Applications come with numerous lists of values that support the static drop-down lists used in Siebel screens. You can use these lists of values as they are, or you can modify them to support your organization's requirements.

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