Could you have a data driven button group, perhaps styled a little to look like tabs?
Or use a menu bar
If there is a known max number of selections, you could hijack a region display selector.
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I'm trying to do a POC on the Apex cloud demo environment, and trying to wrap my head around how to simulate the below:
In my POC, I'm trying to figure out whether I can replace our ticketing system with an Apex application. I have a fair degree of Apex knowlege and so far I've got an interactive report for my record results, with which I can drill down to a form page showing my record. I can have one record at a time open.
But in the original system, every time you search for a record, it opens the record in a new tab. That way you can have as many tabs as you want. You can save them, close them, whatever. Operators need to have multiple records open at any one time. They search for them one record at a time.
For my POC, It doesn't matter whether each record is displayed in a new tab, a new navigation entry, or I would even settle for multiple pop-up windows (although that isn't as neat and I can't figure out how to do that either). Just as long as we can work with multiple records at a time.
Below is what I have so far. an Interactive report which directs me to the same page every time - so one record at a time.
I don't necessarily need to be shown exactly ow to do it, any ideas of how I would do this conceptually would be greatly appreciated.
That approach is contrary to the APEX ethos of declarative, low-code development, which is one of the main reasons for choosing it over other tools. I would therefore suggest taking a step back and re-evaluating whether the tabbed UI paradigm is actually required.
Operators need to have multiple records open at any one time.
Why? What is it that makes this really necessary?
They search for them one record at a time.
It sounds like an interactive report offers much more flexible search and display options than they have at present. Couldn't this (or a customised classic report) be considered the replacement for the tabs list? This would enable the tickets to be opened on a separate pop-up page, making full use of APEX's declarative ARF/ARP features to fetch and process the data. This could be used in conjunction with session cloning to give users the option of moving the pop-up to a separate browser tab to provide simultaneous access to multiple tabs for extended periods.
I have also several applications written in another framework where this design pattern (open data in separate tabs) was very natural (forms were opening in new tabs by default to be precise). I would like to port them to APEX as well but also haven't find a way how to do it as users are used to it and it's tough to persuade them that they don't actually need several tickets opened at once.
I tried to advises from previous posts and created this https://apex.oracle.com/pls/apex/f?p=40038:1:7377758325376::::: based on Emp table (select some emps and "open" their cards)
where I try to mimic more tabs and load data for a selected "Tab" with dynamic actions. It's not perfect (by far) but would be somehow acceptable if it was somehow persuade the TabList to keep some visual identification of the currently selected record from the List. Once the List loses focus, it's not possible to indicate which employee tab is currently selected. Please, does anybody have any idea how to persist visual indication of the currently selected Employee tab?
Many thanks for taking the time to reply. I thought I would finish the form and then try to introduce some of the suggestion before feeding back. It is a very large form, hence the delay..
And since it is such a large form I am going to try to avoid this functionality! Instead I'm going to keep a record (table) of records last visited by the user which I will display as an interactive report on a sidebar, the users can click on that to navigate to recently opened records.
It isn't the same as keeping seperate "tabs" open each with it's own state, but it's half way there.
PS I am having trouble with displaying a tooltip on the interactive report, but will ask a seperate question for that.
The latest 18.2 IG Cookbook now has an example of editing multiple records each in their own tab.
Get the IG Cookbook here: APEX IG Cookbook Update for 18.2 – HardLikeSoftware
Look at page Tabbed Record Editing.
The image you show is far more complicated with tabs within tabs. Not sure if the technique will scale to what you need. You may need to use multiple hidden IG models.