Descriptive flexfields like the key flexfields provides further scope of customization in Oracle Applications.
Descriptive flexfields provide customizable ”expansion space” on your forms. Though the fields on an Oracle Applications form are more than enough to capture all the possible information from the user perspective, but still the users can feel the need of capturing additional information. A descriptive flexfield gives you room to expand your forms for capturing such additional information.
A descriptive flexfield appears on a form as a single–character, unnamed field enclosed in brackets ([ ]) as shown in figure 3 below.
Figure 3. Descriptive Flexfield on a form
Oracle Applications has provided space for descriptive flexfields on almost all the forms. Just like in a key flexfield, a pop–up window appears when you move your cursor into a customized descriptive flexfield. And like a key flexfield, the pop–up window has as many fields as your organization needs. Each field or segment in a descriptive flexfield has a prompt (figure 4), just like ordinary fields, and can have a set of valid values. The pop-up as shown in the figure 4 comes up when you click on the [ ] icon on the form in the figure3 above.
Figure 4. Popup for Descriptive Flexfield on a form
Further details about implementation and other features are provided in the implementation section later in the chapter.
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