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Oracle® Fusion Middleware Skin Editor User's Guide for Oracle Application Development Framework
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11 Advanced Topics

This chapter provides information to help you if you make changes in the source file of an ADF skin or in the configuration files that control the usage of ADF skins. The chapter also lists the ADF skins provided by Oracle ADF.

This chapter includes the following sections:

11.1 Referring to URLs in an ADF Skin's CSS File

An ADF skin's CSS file typically uses a URL to refer to a resource that is external to the file. For example, an image that an application uses to render with an error message. You can refer to a URL from an ADF skin's CSS file in a number of different formats. The supported formats are:

The format of URL that you use may be important if you create a Java Archive (JAR) file to package and distribute your ADF skin and its associated files. For more information, see Chapter 10, "Packaging an ADF Skin into an ADF Library JAR."

11.2 ADF Skinning Framework and Supported Render Kits

The ADF skinning framework supports the creation of ADF skins for the following render kits:

You can use the visual editor in the ADF Skin Editor to create ADF skins for the following render kit:


You can create an ADF skin for the following render kit using the source editor in the ADF Skin Editor:


ADF Faces components delegate the functionality of the component to a component class, and the display of the component to a renderer. By default, all tags for ADF Faces combine the associated component class with an HTML renderer, and are part of the HTML render kit. HTML render kits are included with ADF Faces for display on both desktop and PDA. You cannot customize ADF Faces renderers. However, you can customize how components display using ADF skins.

11.3 Configuration Files for an ADF Skin

The following list describes the configuration files associated with the project for an ADF skin. You modify values in these files while you develop your ADF skin or when you finish development and want to apply the finished ADF skin to an application.

11.4 ADF Skins Provided by Oracle ADF

Oracle ADF provides a variety of ADF skins from which you can extend when you create a new ADF skin. It is recommended that you extend the latest version of the Fusion Simple family of ADF skins (fusionFx-simple-vN.N) when you create a new ADF skin, as described in Section 4.4, "Creating an ADF Skin File." In 11g Release 1 ( of Oracle ADF, the Fusion Simple family of ADF skin is available in the following versions: fusionFx-simple-v1 and fusionFx-simple-v1.1.

If you target your ADF skin project at another release of Oracle ADF, as described in Section 4.2, "Creating ADF Skin Applications and ADF Skin Projects," all ADF skins described here will not be available for you to extend from.

The following list describes the differences between each ADF skin that Oracle ADF provides:

You can apply any of the previously listed ADF skins to your web application. For more information, see Section 10.4, "Applying an ADF Skin to Your Web Application." For a diagram that illustrates the inheritance relationship between the ADF skins, see Section 1.4, "Inheritance Relationship of the ADF Skins Provided by Oracle ADF."