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APEX Application Page to use a JavaScript multi-level menu list

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Setting up an Application Page to use a JavaScript multi-level menu list


Before creating a region on the application page for the MLIST you need to setup the page to use the cascading style sheet and the JavaScript necessary to support the MLIST.  It is a little different depending on whether or not the CSS/JS is stored in the repository or if the files are stored in the file system.  To setup the application page to use the MLIST do the following.


  1. On the Page Definition page click the Edit Attributes button.
  2. In the HTML Header text area add the following:

If CSS/JS files are in the repository

<link rel="stylesheet" href="#WORKSPACE_IMAGES#mlist.css" type="text/css" />

<script src="#WORKSPACE_IMAGES#mlist.js" type="text/javascript"></script>


If CSS/JS files are in the file system

<link rel="stylesheet" href="#IMAGE_PREFIX#mlist.css" type="text/css" />

<script src="#IMAGE_PREFIX#mlist.js" type="text/javascript"></script>


  1. Apply Changes


The code shown above can also be added to the Page templates, but I didnít want to do that at this time.

Using the MLIST package to populate a region on an application page

For this example we are still referring to the list above Ė named STAFF.  To populate a region on an application do the following:

  1. Create a region of type PL/SQL Dynamic Content, click Next.
  2. Set Display Attributes
    1. Set Title as desired
    2. Set Region Template to Navigation Region
    3. Set the display point to Page Template Region Position 2, click Next.
  3. Enter the text mlist.display_list( 'STAFF', 0 );, click Next or Create Region.






  1. After the region is created, modify the region attributes as follows (see image below)

Header and Footer Text

Region Header

<table width="175">

<div class="t2VerticalSidebarList">


Region Footer



This was done this way instead of creating a new template just for the time being.  I have tested this in a list template and it works fine, but there is still the matter of the proper width.  If we make a standard that all our side bars will be a certain width we can update the appropriate templates.









Using the TEST list

A test list procedure has been provided for testing and for initially building a MList region.  To see how the Mlist will be shown, this can be used to display the MList during the initial building of application pages before you have entered the data.  Substituting the mlist.display_list( 'STAFF', 0 ) as described above with the following in the PL/SQL Source area will populate the test list:





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