The demos, videos and various blogs from Oracle inspired us into action and we decided to get a bit more familiar with the fluid UI environment within the 9.2 application. My post today is dedicated to some basics on exploring and enabling the fluid mode.
How to get started
There is some basic setup required to enable fluid mode. These include:
- Fluid mode needs to be enabled for the web profile.
(Main Menu->PeopleTools->Web Profile->Web Profile Configuration from the main menu). There are two checkboxes that control the behavior of Fluid UI. Disable Fluid Mode and Disable Fluid On Desktop.
Disable Fluid Mode prevents any Fluid UI component from being run from this installation. The second setting, Disable Fluid On Desktop allows the Fluid UI to be run on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, but prevents Fluid UI from running on a desktop computer.
- On desktop devices, fluid pages appear only if the browser supports the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface
- To control access to fluid landing pages for a user after login make changes in the ‘My Personalizations’ settings in the General Options section. It allows a user to configure the home page for their desktops and mobile devices.
Switching between the classic and the fluid mode
After enabling the fluid mode, and depending on the personalization settings, you will either be navigated to the Fluid UI homepage or the classic UI homepage. You can switch between the two using the ‘NavBar’
Two primary modes of Fluid UI
- Fluid Homepages is the fluid version of application home pages and brings together a collection of tiles that are either simple navigation links or data extracts like in the case of pivot grids.
- Fluid Applications is a responsive fluid component based on certain web standards. New components and new page types are used within the Application Designer for building fluid applications.
Our next step will be to configure some personalized fluid homepages and also create a fluid application to truly understand the scope and capabilities of the much talked about ‘Fluid UI framework’. Stay tuned!