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Overview of the XML Web Interface

You can use the XML Web Interface to deliver content to external portal frameworks and Web application environments when you configure your Siebel application to display data in a high interactivity client.

NOTE:  The Siebel Open UI client supports HTML markup only. If you configure your Siebel application to display data in a Siebel Open UI client, then you must use a different technology to send this content. For information about how to send this content from Siebel Open UI, see Configuring Siebel Open UI. The SWE API described in SWE API includes several SWE commands that are available in Siebel Open UI.

The XML interface provides industry-standard integration to third-party development environments, such as ASP and JSP, as well as providing a model consistent with emerging Web technologies. Some specialized applets might have limited support for the XML interface.

Developers can configure Siebel Business Applications to support different markups, such as cHTML and xHTML, by combining the XML interface with XSL style sheets and the EAI XSLT Business Service.

The XML interface provides access to Siebel Business Applications through the Siebel Web Engine (SWE). SWE generates the user interface in HTML or WML, using views, applets, and Siebel Web templates. These UI constructs provide access to and filtering for business object and business component data. They also provide access to visibility, navigation, and security. By rendering the XML based on the underlying SWE technology, the XML interface exposes business object and business component data, and UI elements and constructs, such as visibility, navigation, edit presence, personalization, and security.

NOTE:  Most Siebel applets, with the exception of applets based on specialized applet classes, can be rendered in XML through the XML interface.

The XML interface can be invoked using the following methods:

  • Server configuration parameters
  • Inbound URL query string parameters
  • Inbound HTTP post of XML document
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