Tabs are an effective way to navigate users between pages of an application. The ability to include tabs in your application depends upon your application theme. Older themes, such as such as Theme 26 - Productivity Applications, include tab-based navigation. Newer themes, such a Universal Theme - 42, include list-based navigation menus.
An application can have pages with no tabs, one level of tabs, and two levels of tabs. Standard tabs enable you to display only one level of tabs. To display two levels of tabs define both Parent tabs and Standard tabs.
As an alternative to tabs, you can use lists to display tab controls. List templates provide greater control over HTML generation.
When running the Create Application Wizard, you have the option of creating an application with tabs. The following procedures assume you have created an application that does not have any tabs.
A standard tab can have a one-to-one relationship with a page, or a standard tab can be the current tab for many pages. App Builder includes two different types of tabs:
An application having only one level of tabs uses a standard tab set. A standard tab set is associated with a specific page and page number. You can use standard tabs to link users to a specific page.
Parent tabs can control the display of standard tab sets. Clicking a parent tab displays the corresponding standard tab, with the default page as the current page. Parent tabs give users another level of navigation and a context (or sense of place) within the application. You can use parent tabs to link users to a specific URL associated with a specific page.
You can group tabs into collections called a tab set. Each tab must be part of a tab set.
To see an example of an application using tabs, see the sample packaged application, Sample Database Application.
The Tabs page describes the tabs defined in your application.
To access the Tabs page:
The Shared Components page appears.
The Tabs page appears.
The Tab Display section provides additional information about how the current tabs or tab set are configured to display.
The Page Templates region at the bottom of the page displays a report of page templates associated with the current application. This region is hidden by default. To view it, click the greater than (>) icon to the left of Page Templates.
Before you can create parent and standard tabs, you must check that your default template has positions defined for both standard and parent tabs using the appropriate substitution strings. You also must make sure you do not override this template at the page-level.
To view page templates:
The Tabs page appears.
An application can have pages with no tabs, one level of tabs, and two levels of tabs. Standard tabs enable you to display only one level of tabs. To display two levels of tabs, you must define both Parent tabs and Standard tabs.
To create a tab:
A graphical representation of the tabs defined in your application displays.
Parent tabs can control the display of standard tab sets. Clicking a parent tab displays the corresponding standard tab, with the default page as the current page.
The Create Parent Tab or Create Standard Tab Wizard appears.
This section describes how to edit tabs. You can edit multiple tabs simultaneously. Also, for standard tabs, you can update tab properties, such as their labels and order sequence, by using the Standard Tab Tasks list.
To edit multiple tabs simultaneously:
Edit Standard Tabs
Edit Parent Tabs
A report appears.
The Standard Tab Task list displays on the right side of the Tabs page. You can access the links on this list to move a standard tab to different parent tab, rename a standard tab set, resequence the display order, associate pages with a tab set, create a new standard tab, or create a new standard tab set.
To access the Standard Tab Task list:
Move Highlighted Standard Tab t a Different Parent Tab
Rename Standard Tab Set
Resequence Display Order
Associate Page(s) with Selected Standard Tab
Create New Standard Tab
Create New Standard Tab Set
This section describes the Conditional Display, Utilization, and History reports.
To view the Conditional Display report:
The Tabs page appears.
Conditional Display - The Conditional Display report displays Standard Tabs and Parent tabs that are configured to display conditionally. To filter the display, select tab type and click Go.
Utilization - The Utilization report lists the standard tabs used in the current application.
History - History report displays a history of changes to tab attributes for the current application.