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Oracle XML Publisher (XMLP) is Oracle Corporations new reporting technology. It was originally developed to solve the reporting problems faced by Oracle Applications. It was first released with Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 in 2003. Since then it has been integrated into J.D. Edwards EnterpriseOne application 8.12[1] and Peoplesoft Enterprise 9[2], and as a standalone version, XML Publisher Enterprise with no dependency on Oracle Applications.[3]

XML Publisher can format any well-formed XML data, allowing integration with any system that can generate XML, including Web Services[4] or any data source available though JDBC.[5] XML Publisher can merge multiple data sources into a single output document.

Template designEdit

Template:Expand XML Publisher report templates can be designed using Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Excel (standalone only) and Adobe Flash (standalone only). Templates created using these tools contain embedded fields with properties that determine how the XML data will be merged into the template, using Extensible Stylesheet Language syntax to precisely match the server's engine.

Template BuilderEdit

Template Builder is an extension to Microsoft Word that simplifies the development of Rich Text Format templates. Templates created using Template Builder can be used to generate PDF, RTF, Microsoft Excel and HTML outputs.

Adobe AcrobatEdit

XML Publisher templates can be designed in Adobe Acrobat 5.00 and above, using the native form field capabilities.

Microsoft ExcelEdit

The standalone or Enterprise version of BI Publisher includes an Excel Analyzer that enables you to download report data to Excel, manipulate and format the data in Excel, then upload the Excel file as a template.

Adobe FlashEdit

The 10.1.3.3 release of Oracle BI Publisher offers support for Adobe Corporation's new document format for building interactive forms and reports, called Flex. You can build Flex templates, test them on your desktop, and deploy them to the BI Publisher server to generate Flash output. Users are then able to run the reports from the BI Publisher user interface or schedule them for delivery to report consumers.

ServerEdit

It is a J2EE application that can be deployed to any J2EE container. The XML data is fed through the templates to produce XSL Formatting Objects, which can be transformed into most popular output formats:

Delivery ManagerEdit

The Delivery Manager is responsible to deliver the output to different destinations, such as fax and email, with the flexibility of delivering the same output to different destinations; e.g. HTML format can be sent to email while a PDF format sent to the printer.

The following protocols are supported[6]:

The Delivery Manager provides an open architecture that allows custom delivery channels to be implemented.

ReferencesEdit

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