Yet another thing I learned this week. It is possible to open a component directly, bypassing the search page — of course after logging in — from a URL link. In the URL, just add the search key field values in the query string. You’ll have to specify the exact search key fieldname and value pairs:
This could be useful when sending notifications to users via email, and you want to provide a link directly to the specific page and data.
I have recently completed prototyping a rather challenging problem that involves printing a document from a PeopleSoft page. The challenge is to find a way to print a separate document directly from the page. The functional SME somehow has an expectation that this functionality should behave like a native application — where by a click a button on the page, he will be presented by the Windows print dialog; the user can proceed and a document that is not the page being displayed will be printed on the user’s printer. Now, PIA applications are accessed via a web browser. Because of this, the features available to the application is limited by the web browser it is running on.
PeopleSoft pages use CSS-based stylesheets for defining the look (style) of each page element. CSS is a web standard for defining the presentation of a webpage. If you’re new to this concept and want to know more, there’s tons of tutorials and articles. PeopleSoft StyleSheets are created in Application Designer using a GUI editor which looks somewhat similar to Nvu’s CSS Editor:
- add dynamic elements to your page (set some elements as draggable maybe? or perhaps adding mouseover behavior to PeopleSoft page elements)
- removal/manipulation of elements not accessible via Application Designer (automatically added elements outside of a page definition: navigation elements, Close/Ok/Apply buttons in modal pages, etc.)