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Tabs With Oracle Apex

Tabs With Oracle Apex

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Tabs with Oracle Apex Application Express 3.1.2.00.02Prerequisites
This document helps to understand tabs better and points out how one could use Oracle’sApex to create tabbed navigation.This document does not:-
 
show how to use the wizard to create a application with tabs;-
 
show how to change from one lay-out to another;-
 
go into details on how Oracle Apex works.To start this ‘tutorial’ you should have a basic understanding of Oracle Apex so you knowhow to get a two tabbed lay-out for your pages. All other knowledge helps.All you need is a running instance (workspace) of Oracle Apex without any pages orpredefined tabs, tab sets or any of that.(if they exist, delete all)
The start
To create a tabs we need a page structure. So here we go. Create all these pages (figure 2)though the pages wizard. Make sure you select not to use tabs (Figure 1). This will help to geta better understanding of tabs. (plus wizard doesn’t work properly)The pages in our tabbed navigation will be structured in the following manner:Home-
 
welcome-
 
newsProducts-
 
products-
 
cheeseService-
 
servicesContact-
 
information-
 
route
Figure 1 no tabs
 
 
Figure 2 Created pages
Tab #1
To start ‘tabbing’ first we will definewhat is what. After using Apex I havediscovered that definitions used inapex aren’t used consistently.To start we need to create a Tab Set.Only 1 Tab Set is defined for thewhole application. This tab set holdsall the parents and their children.Usage of multiple tab sets as I definehere is beyond the scope op thistutorial.
Figure 3 The start of tab #1
 
We already know the structure of our application so we can start with Standard Tab Set‘Home’ and we will be adding two children to this Standard Tab Set; ‘welcome’ and ‘news’In Apex to go to the tabs section (shared components) and start by clicking on the bottom barwhere you would add a Standard Tab(figure 3)The following screen will ask you to fill in a Tab Set name. This actually isn’t the tab set wehave explained above. What we need to enter here is the name of the Standard Tab Set, for usthis is ´Home´. Standard Tab Sets are sets of standard tabs. Our Standard Tab Set ´Home´ willcontain two Standard Tabs ´welcome´, and ´news´.Fill
T_HOME as the Standard Tab Set (figure 4) and click next.
Figure 4 Our first Standard Tab Set
On the next screen (figure 5) we will actually create the one and only Tab Set that ourapplication will use. It is most important that you get this right.The label New Parent Tab Set is actually misleading. Is suggests that you name the first‘Parent’ Standard tab set ‘Home’. Actually we are naming what one could call the mainnavigation area of an application. So here we enter MAIN_MENU. The next field (NewParent Tab Text) is the name that will display on the Parent of the Standard Tab set we havecreated in the step before this. Here we fill in ‘Home’ . The two terms: New Parent Tab Setand New Parent Tab Text seem to be related but what we are actually doing here is definingthe name of the Tab Set that holds all the parents and their children and we are setting thelabel for the first Parent Tab. Quite confusing but click next.

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