That's not what I meant. Below a part of the userguide which promises this functionality. It's only announced but nowhere explained (or even implemented?).
Each supplied theme in release 2.0 features new and
improved templates. Page footers now float to the bottom of the page and HTML
has been improved. Each theme also includes a report template capable of
rendering report regions using partial page refresh. With partial page refresh,
paginating the report does not refresh any page attributes or other reports, just the
report part of a single region.
See Also: "Customizing Templates" on page 7-17
■Improved Reporting Using Partial Page Refresh.
Reports in Application Builder
now utilize a rendering technology called partial page refresh. Partial page refresh
improves the performance of paginating and sorting reports since the entire page
is not refreshed, only the report content.
See Also: "Creating Reports" on page 6-17
Well, one example is simply the App Builder itself. See the list of pages in your application? The pagination links below that region are implemented using PPR i.e. when you navigate thru the page sets, just that region is refreshed, not the entire page.
To use this in your own application, use the "Standard (PPR)" report template that is included in all builtin themes. (You might have to copy it from a brand new theme/application since the 1.6->2.0 upgrade process doesnt touch your existing themes/templates)
Go into the theme section change the number of your current theme to something like 20,
Then recreate the theme from the HTML DB repository. Then copy templates as necessary from the new theme to the old theme or if you haven't made in changes then just switch themes then the PPR Pagination template will then be there.
That's not quite the solution though it does looks some thing like that. That function specific for the PPR pagination/sorting.
I actually have the code already that allows a region and report to refresh at a given time period we actually had it in the product on the monitoring pages but it was decided that it was just a little too much.
I will have an example up by the end of today or tommorow.