Oracle® Application Express

Patch Set Notes

Release 4.2.1.00.08

December 2012

These patch set notes accompany the Oracle Application Express 4.2.1.00.08 patch set. The Oracle Application Express 4.2.1.00.08 patch set is a cumulative patch.

This document contains these topics:

1 Patch Set Overview

Patch sets are a mechanism for delivering fully tested and integrated product fixes. Patch sets provide bug fixes only; they typically do not include new functionality and they do not require certification on the target system. Patch sets include all of the libraries that have been rebuilt to implement the bug fixes in the set. All of the fixes in the patch set have been tested and are certified to work with each other. Patch sets contain the same set of generic fixes across all platforms. Patch sets may also include additional patches specific to the platform on which they are released.

The Oracle Application Express 4.2.1.00.08 patch set can be applied to Oracle Application Express release 4.2. Apply the patch to the Oracle database where the Oracle Application Express schemas are installed. This patch will determine if additional languages are installed, and will apply the patch for those languages as well. Oracle Application Express release 4.2 is supported on Oracle Database 10g (10.2.0.4) and later.

When determining whether or not to install this patch set, consider the following rules:

  1. If you have Oracle Application Express release 4.2 installed, download the Oracle Application Express 4.2.1 patch set and apply it.

  2. If you have Oracle Application Express release 4.1 or earlier installed (including Oracle HTML DB release 1.5), download and install the entire Oracle Application Express 4.2.1 release from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

  3. If you do not have Oracle Application Express installed, download and install the entire Oracle Application Express 4.2.1 release from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

2 Pre-Installation Tasks

Complete the following pre-installation tasks before installing the patch set.

Topics:

2.1 Identifying the Oracle Application Express Installation

This is not a complete software distribution. You must connect to an existing Oracle Database where the Oracle Application Express schemas are installed and run the apxpatch.sql installation script.

2.2 Downloading and Extracting the Installation Software

Download the patch set to a computer with access to the Oracle Database. You will also need access to the Oracle home.

To download and extract the patch set installation software:

  1. Download the p14732511_421_GENERIC.zip patch set installation archive to a directory that is not the Oracle home directory or under the Oracle home directory.

  2. Unzip and extract the installation files as follows:

    • Microsoft Windows - Double-click the p14732511_421_GENERIC.zip file

    • UNIX or Linux - Enter the following command:

      $ unzip p14732511_421_GENERIC.zip
      

2.3 Optionally Backing Up the Oracle Database

The Application Express engine is a collection of tables and packages that reside wholly within the Oracle Database user accounts APEX_040200 and FLOWS_FILES. This patch set updates the underlying tables and packages within the APEX_040200 account. If your installation fails, you will not be able to rollback the patch set installation process. Therefore, Oracle recommends that you perform a complete backup of your Oracle instance before you install the patch set. Note that after the patch set is installed there is no way to remove it.

If you choose to perform a backup, restart the Oracle Database in restricted session mode to prevent any user access (that is, developer and end-user) while applying the patch set.


See Also:

Oracle Database Backup and Recovery User's Guide at:
http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E11882_01/backup.112/e10642/toc.htm

 

2.4 Preventing Access to Oracle Application Express

It is important that no developers or end users access Oracle Application Express while you are applying the patch set. This section describes how to start Oracle Application Express if your configuration includes Oracle HTTP Server and mod_plsql, embedded PL/SQL gateway, or Oracle Application Express Listener.

Topics:

2.4.1 Stopping Oracle HTTP Server

If your configuration includes Oracle HTTP Server and mod_plsql, you need to stop Oracle HTTP Server. To stop Oracle HTTP Server shipped with Oracle Database 10g release 1 (10.1) or later, enter commands using the following syntax, where ORACLE_BASE is the path to the Oracle base directory:

ORACLE_BASE\ORACLE_HTTPSERVER_HOME\opmn\bin\opmnctl stopproc ias-component=HTTP_Server

Note that if the Oracle HTTP Server is listening on a port less than 1024, then these commands must be executed as a privileged user (such as root).

2.4.2 About Disabling HTTP on the Oracle XML DB Protocol Server

If your configuration includes the embedded PL/SQL gateway, you need to disable the HTTP on the Oracle XML DB Protocol Server. The embedded PL/SQL gateway runs on the Oracle XML DB Protocol Server in the Oracle database. To disable it, you change the port number to 0. Before doing so, first verify the port number.

2.4.2.1 Verifying the Port Assigned to Oracle XML DB Protocol Server

To verify the port number assigned to HTTP on the Oracle XML DB Protocol Server:

  1. Start SQL*Plus and connect to the database where Oracle Application Express is installed as SYS. For example:

    • On Windows:

      SYSTEM_DRIVE:\ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password: SYS_password
      
    • On UNIX and Linux:

      $ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password: SYS_password
      
  2. Enter the following statement to verify the port number:

    SELECT DBMS_XDB.GETHTTPPORT FROM DUAL;
    

    If the port number returns 0, the Oracle XML DB Protocol Server is disabled.

2.4.2.2 Disabling HTTP on the Oracle XML DB Protocol Server

To disable HTTP on the Oracle XML DB Protocol Server:

  1. Start SQL*Plus and connect to the database where Oracle Application Express is installed as SYS. For example:

    • Windows:

      SYSTEM_DRIVE:\ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password: SYS_password
      
    • UNIX and Linux:

      $ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password: SYS_password 
      
  2. Run the following statements:

    EXEC DBMS_XDB.SETHTTPPORT(0);
    COMMIT;
    

2.4.3 Stopping Oracle Application Express Listener

To learn more about stopping the Oracle Application Express Listener server, see Oracle Application Express Listener Installation and Configuration Guide:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/apex-listener/documentation/index.html

3 Installation Tasks

Complete the following tasks to install the patch set:

  1. Set your current directory to the top-level "patch" directory where you unzipped the p14732511_421_GENERIC.zip file.

  2. Start SQL*Plus and connect to the database where Oracle Application Express is installed as SYS specifying the SYSDBA role. For example:

    • On Windows:

      SYSTEM_DRIVE:\ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password: SYS_password
      
    • On UNIX and Linux:

      $ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password: SYS_password
      
  3. Run apxpatch.sql. For example:

    @apxpatch.sql
    
  4. Review the log file apxpatch.log for any errors.

4 Post-Installation Tasks

Complete the following post-installation tasks before using the upgraded software.

Topics:

4.1 Updating the Images Directory

During an upgrade, you must incorporate the new images directory. Copy the patch/images directory into the images directory used for Oracle Application Express.

Topics:

4.1.1 Updating the Images Directory When Running Oracle HTTP Server

To locate the images directory on the file system, review the following files for the text alias /i/:

  • Oracle Application Server 10g - See the marvel.conf or dads.conf files.

  • Oracle HTTP Server distributed with Oracle Database 11g - See the marvel.conf or dads.conf files.

When you locate the images directory path, copy it to the existing ORACLE_HTTPSERVER_HOME home.

On a Windows system, run a command from a command prompt similar to the following example:

xcopy /E /I patch\images ORACLE_HTTPSERVER_HOME\Apache\Apache\images

On UNIX or Linux based systems, run a command similar to the following example:

cp -rf patch/images ORACLE_HTTPSERVER_HOME/Apache/Apache

In the preceding syntax examples, ORACLE_HTTPSERVER_HOME is the existing Oracle Application Server or Oracle HTTP Server Oracle home. The location of the Oracle Application Express images directory may be different in your configuration.

4.1.2 Updating the Images Directory When Running the Embedded PL/SQL Gateway

The images in an Oracle XML DB HTTP Server with the embedded PL/SQL gateway installation are in the XML DB repository. Updating the images is accomplished by running the SQL Script apxldimg.sql located in the top level directory where the patch was unzipped.

To update the images directory:

  1. Set your current directory to the top-level "patch" directory where you unzipped the p14732511_421_GENERIC.zip file.

  2. Start SQL*Plus and connect to the database where Oracle Application Express is installed as SYS specifying the SYSDBA role. For example:

    • On Windows:

      SYSTEM_DRIVE:\ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password: SYS_password
      
    • On UNIX and Linux:

      $ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password: SYS_password
      
  3. Run apxldimg.sql passing the file system path to the "patch" directory where the p14732511_421_GENERIC.zip file was unzipped as shown in the following example:

    • On Windows:

      @apxldimg.sql SYSTEM_DRIVE:\TEMP\patch
      
    • On UNIX and Linux:

      @apxldimg.sql /tmp/patch
      

4.1.3 Updating the Images Directory When Using Oracle Application Express Listener

If you are using the Oracle Application Express Listener, you need to create a Web Archive for Oracle Application Express images. For more information, see "Create the Web Archive for Oracle Application Express Images" in Oracle Application Express Listener Installation and Configuration Guide:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/apex-listener/documentation/index.html

4.2 Starting Oracle Application Express

This section describes how to start Oracle Application Express if your configuration includes Oracle HTTP Server and mod_plsql, embedded PL/SQL gateway, or Oracle Application Express Listener.

Topics:

4.2.1 Starting Oracle HTTP Server

To start Oracle HTTP Server shipped with Oracle Database 10g release 1 (10.1) or later, enter commands using the following syntax, where ORACLE_BASE is the path to the Oracle base directory:

ORACLE_BASE\ORACLE_HTTPSERVER_HOME\opmn\bin\opmnctl startproc ias-component=HTTP_Server

Note that if the Oracle HTTP Server is listening on a port less than 1024, then these commands must be executed as a privileged user (such as root).

4.2.2 Enabling the Embedded PL/SQL Gateway

Once disabled, you enable the embedded PL/SQL gateway by assigning a port number to the Oracle XML DB Protocol Server.

To assign a port number to Oracle XML DB Protocol Server:

  1. Start SQL*Plus and connect to the database where Oracle Application Express is installed as SYS. For example:

    • Windows:

      SYSTEM_DRIVE:\> sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password: SYS_password 
      
    • UNIX and Linux:

      $ sqlplus /nolog
      SQL> CONNECT SYS as SYSDBA
      Enter password: SYS_password 
      
  2. Run the following statements:

    EXEC DBMS_XDB.SETHTTPPORT(port);
    COMMIT;
    

    For example:

    EXEC DBMS_XDB.SETHTTPPORT(8080);
    COMMIT;
    

Note:

Port numbers less than 1024 are reserved for use by privileged processes on many operating systems. To enable the Oracle XML DB Protocol Server on a port less than 1024, such as 80, review the following documentation:
  • "Using Protocols to Access the Repository" and "Using HTTP(S) on Nonstandard Ports" in Oracle XML DB Developer's Guide.

  • "Protocol Address Configuration" and "Port Number Limitations" in Oracle Database Net Services Reference.


 

4.2.3 Starting Oracle Application Express Listener

To learn more about starting the Oracle Application Express Listener server, see Oracle Application Express Listener Installation and Configuration Guide:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/apex-listener/documentation/index.html

4.3 About Patching Oracle Application Express After Translating Languages

It is safe to apply the Oracle Application Express 4.2.1.00.08 patch set repeatedly to an Application Express 4.2 instance. If you load additional translated versions of Oracle Application Express after applying this patch, you must apply the entire patch set again.

5 Known Issues

This section describes bugs and known issues for Oracle Application Express.


Tip:

This section is current as of the writing of this document. To view the most current listing of known issues, go to the Known Issues page available off the Downloads page. See:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/apex/downloads/index.html

 

Topics:

5.1 Developer Toolbar Not Available for Mobile Applications

The Developer toolbar is not included on jQuery Smartphone pages. After clicking Run Application from the Application Builder, the only way to return to the Application Builder is to use the browser's back button. You will need to go back once for each mobile page visited.

Solution:

Right click the Run Application button and select Open Link in New Tab or Open Link in New Window or similar text. The exact command varies by browser.


Tip:

For applications with both desktop and mobile user interfaces you can access the Session State for a mobile page by navigating to a desktop page and using the developer toolbar and then changing the page number.

 

5.2 Page Submit Actions Not Working for Some Longer Mobile Select Lists

In an application that uses a jQuery Mobile user interface, some form elements use native items when running on actual smartphone or tablet devices. Select lists are rendered using a native control as long as the LOV includes no more than 10 items. When there are more than ten items, select lists are rendered as jQuery Mobile dialogs, making it easier to find and pick a value in long lists.

Using the Page Action when Value Changed attribute to make the page submit when the value changes, only works when the native control is rendered. Once the select list is rendered as a dialog with more than 10 items, the page no longer submits. The same is also true when a dynamic action is defined to fire on 'Change' of one of these select lists, where the action is set to Submit Page.

5.2.1 Solution:

No workaround currently available.

5.3 Issues with Editing Items After Upgrade

After an upgrade users get one of the following errors when they try to edit or delete an item:

Error during rendering of page item P4311_PROTECTION_LEVEL

ORA-20001: Query must begin with SELECT or WITH

5.3.1 Solution:

Restart Oracle Application Express Listener. For more information, see Oracle Application Express Listener Installation and Configuration Guide:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/apex-listener/documentation/index.html

5.4 Theme 25 Alert Region Does Not Support Multiple Page Items in the Same Row

In theme 25, it is not possible to have two items on the same row when using the Alert Region region template unless you add a Display Point to the region template.

5.4.1 Solution:

You can create a Display Point for this region template by editing the Alert Region template and in Display Points add a new Row with the following information:

  • Name: Region Body

  • Template Substitution: BODY

  • Grid Support: Checked

  • Maximum Fixed Grid Columns: -1

6 Fixed Bugs

The Oracle Application Express 4.2.1.00.08 patch set is a cumulative patch. This patch set includes release 4.2.0 and additional product fixes. The following table lists bugs fixed in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.1.00.08 patch set.

Table 1 Bugs Fixed in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.1.00.08 Patch Set

Bug Number Description

13040672

Master detail tabular form fails with "Failed to parse SQL query" when nls_language="CYRILLIC SERBIAN"

13997296

Update tabular form row that contains float datatype fails with error

14238860

Query Builder generates incomplete SQL using function on any column name with spaces, ORA-00907

14328746

Substitution string is not being resolved when referenced in calendar icon details

14371654

RESTful Service menu region links are difficult to understand with screen reader

14532029

Label of parent entry of main list not displayed after upgrading to Oracle Application Express release 4.1.X

14532437

Chart Return To Page prevents editing series

14533519

$X_UPTILL PTOCLASS parameter will not work if element has more than one class

14546360

Mobile List with icons fails in Sample Database Application

14554084

Creating tab name with long text throws error ORA-06502

14555653

XML parser failure with custom chart colors

14559982

Calendar views in theme 25 and theme 26 are not fully accessible

14565654

ORA-01467: Sort key too long on schema comparison

14580494

Hidden item as first item affects automatic grid layout span calculation

14587320

Websheet charts do not render properly in Internet Explorer 7 over SSL

14590482

Websheet email from address is not shown as the from address in email

14592185

Oracle Application Express Advisor does not properly handle list view region

14605541

Page level page and dialog transition values are not used in jQuery Mobile application

14621008

Create application based on design fails on non-standard table names ORA-00903

14621714

$s called with NULL sets "NULL" string in Internet Explorer

14626995

Error occurs when edit a Websheet page which contains multibyte page alias

14628640

Error occurs when clicking Cancel in adding row in a multibyte named data grid

14636215

Dynamic Action Create Wizard - Affected element may incorrectly show as required

14636997

Notification message in mobile applications overlaps with other content

14643161

No information on upgrade available when upgrading packaged applications

14651423

Unable to upload file in a mobile application

14651733

RESTful services test buttons should only be enabled for 'get' resource handlers

14652728

No data found error when exporting PDF reports

14664375

Color Picker and Date Picker(HTML 5) not displayed for jQuery mobile Smartphones

14664649

Popup LOV for jQuery Mobile applications displaying #Last_Row instead of the number

14666892

Some interactive report messages cannot be customized to other languages

14672179

Oracle Application Express Advisor does not know to observe substitution APP_DATE_TIME_FORMAT

14672334

Checking Reset Pagination For Page clears the Clear Cache attribute

14672351

Theme 25 JavaScript file has console.log causing errors in Internet Explorer

14672613

Oracle Application Express interactive report subscriptions are lost after an import of an application

14674126

Data loading transformation rule fails if column 1 is substring of column 2

14680469

Theme 50 has incorrect Viewport meta tag allowing for zoom on mobile devices

14681001

Developers in a workspace can view scripts uploaded by other developers

14683491

ORA-06550 on Set Application Defaults page in Forms migrations

14684868

Theme 50 has incorrect Ui-Li-Aside CSS class definition

14685176

Create List View/Plugin Region Wizard does not store all entered attribute values

14685869

Calendar buttons created without template for mobile calendars

14705631

Cannot load > 32K spreadsheet data with copy and paste option

14724684

Copy Page Item Wizard, Source item restricts characters unnecessarily

14730656

Home is displayed as code in Websheet application in French language

14734825

Workspace requests for more space extend the tablespace too much

14735732

Set button is missing in workspace details page in Firefox in some languages

14736332

Cascading radio group and check box items broken in jQuery Mobile UI

14736763

Chart axis values displayed with white font in Chrome for mobile applications

14738067

Conceal Drag and Drop Calendar attributes for mobile

14738837

Select List item type containing Null return value entries fails when cascading

14743026

Calendar template in theme 50 is missing borders

14744294

Region caching visible for Global page regions if page number not 0

14750692

List View pages should be created with case-insensitive search by default

14756002

Data grid single row view select list double escapes special character

14757259

Classic date picker with date format MM/DD/YYYY HH:MI PM raises exception

14760382

#REGION_STATIC_ID# is not parsed in calendar template for data display format

14768250

Instance passwords for SMTP and wallet cause ORA-28817 after migration from release 4.1

14768361

REPORT_VIEW_MODE in APEX_APPLICATION_PAGE_IR_RPT view is NULL

14768991

Oracle Application Express Advisor does not properly handle interactive report filters NEQ, NLIKE, IN And NIN in links

14775149

Tabular Form Wizard: Parse Err: ORA-00972: identifier is too long

14777994

Workspaces exported pre release 4.2 cause error when importing into 4.2 - ORA-02291

14779722

REST errors reported in WWV_FLOW_UPGRADE_PROGRESS following upgrade to 4.2

14784118

Custom authentication can cause WWV_FLOW_DATA_SESSION_FK constraint violation

14785456

reset_image_prefix.sql references APEX_040100 Instead Of APEX_040200 schema

14786585

Copy Page Wizard loses references to templates

14786921

Theme 25 links in buttons list list template do not work

14787445

Create Region Wizard does not default position properly

14792173

Fetch Row DML Process does not set items with ROWID as Source

14792686

Unable to copy HTML5 chart in a mobile application

14797914

Application title changes displays invalid characters when special characters are used

14798077

Interactive report search button label does not pick up translated text

14798940

LDAP Authentication: Error If USE_EXACT_DN Is NULL

14801895

Page Template Body attribute only allows to enter up to 4000 characters

14802217

Oracle Application Express Advisor: Global page buttons which are referenced in processes fail

14803538

Data loading fail if UK columns are using end user defined date/timestamp format

14808500

Mobile monthly calendar grid too tall for most mobile devices

14809408

Buttons in mobile calendars do not line up

14812921

Newline in process success message results in error with Oracle Application Express Listener

14835071

Tab template using image-based tab attributes generates incorrect tab HTML

14837012

Default Option of select list is not selected in Internet Explorer 9

14840959

Interactive report with exact substitution in region title displays incorrect table summary

14844622

Popup LOV displays incorrectly in Firefox when page item gains focus

14850374

Creation of data loading in non-English results in ORA-20001, ORA-02291

14851244

ORA-01403/ORA-06510 adding row in tabular form if validations fails and check box is selected

15829665

Max Width attribute of textareas should not be emitted for applications prior to Oracle Application Express release 4.2

15831333

Error when calling APEX_UTIL.PUBLIC_CHECK_AUTHORIZATION outside of session

15831577

Page items on Global page other than 0 will raise error

15836959

APEX_LDAP.IS_MEMBER does not work with anonymous bind

15837546

Repeat headings on break, group starts on new page-, heading duplicated or repeated

15838175

List view images are not displayed if list view uses Page Items To Submit

15842381

Forms project mobile application does not use list view item for navigation

15843962

Incorrect file reference when using map region of Israel

15850830

Countries missing from AnyChart world.amap file

15851176

Tabular form broken when Primary Language set to something other than English and validation error occurs

15854711

Create List View Wizard previous button redirects to Tab Options page

15856292

Theme 25: Span tag inside of label is hidden

15858237

Page submit does not work on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8

15863103

Maps and Gantts should not be available for upgrade to HTML5 in Release 4.2

15867540

Themes 24, 25, 26 - Modal dialogs appear incorrectly in Internet Explorer 8

15868794

Changing target does not change List Entry Current for pages

15871624

Logout URL with Public page still requires authentication

15872233

Focus On First Field attribute should not be available for jQuery Mobile applications

15873087

Dynamic actions with an affected button do not work in translated applications

15874222

APEX_APPLICATION_PAGE_IR_RPT view does not remove column in REPORT_COLUMNS

15877803

Team Development: Release In Dashboard is set 0 by default, leads to query error

15879278

Hard-coded Image Prefix on Select A Theme page in Create Application Wizard

15884725

Default theme not set during creation of application based on Forms migration

15885013

Mobile Calendar Wizard overrides Footer condition on Global mobile page

15887956

Missing tabs in Sample Database Application

15889878

Cannot delete application if application name contains a double quotation character

15897570

Theme 25 interactive report bar is not responsive for mobile devices

15912541

RESTful services Reset Sample Data should recreate associated tables

15912601

Label templates In jQuery Mobile theme 50 missing #CURRENT_ITEM_CONTAINER_ID#

15912836

Allow rendering of Gauge charts as HTML5

15917967

Error pages in mobile UI render poorly

15922307

Template of Grid Layout of a translated application is not used

15923165

Handle resizing of chart on mobile page automatically depending on device used

15929342

Edit (List) Region page shows the target page links escaped

15947429

SQL Commands can initiate database job unnecessarily when Transactional SQL is disabled


 

7 Other Issues and Changes

This section describes other changes included in Oracle Application Express that are not documented elsewhere.

Topics:

7.1 Modifications to jQuery Mobile Smartphone Theme (Theme 50)

During the patch set installation, several modifications are automatically applied to all applications using theme jQuery Mobile Smartphone (Theme 50).

If you import an application from Oracle Application Express release 4.2 to Oracle Application Express release 4.2.1, those modifications are not automatically performed. To pick up these modifications after import, perform the following steps to re-apply the theme:

  1. On the Workspace home page, click the Application Builder icon.

  2. Select the application using theme 50.

  3. Click Shared Components.

  4. Under User Interface, select Themes.

  5. Rename the existing theme 50 to another number:

    1. On the Tasks list, click Change Identification Number.

    2. For Theme Number:

      1. Identify Theme - Select 50. jQuery Mobile Smartphone.

      2. Theme Identification Number - Enter a number greater than 100.

      3. Click Next.

    3. Click Change Theme ID.

  6. Create a new theme from the repository:

    1. Click Create.

    2. For Method, select From the Repository and click Next.

    3. For User Interface, select jQuery Mobile Smartphone and click Next.

    4. For Identify Theme, select jQuery Mobile Smartphone (Theme 50) and click Next.

    5. Click Create.

  7. Make the newly created theme 50 the active theme:

    1. Click Switch Theme.

    2. For Currently Active Theme, select the theme number you created in step 5.

    3. For Switch to Theme, select 50. jQuery Mobile Smartphone and click Next.

    4. For Verify Compatibility, accept the defaults and click Next.

    5. Click Switch Theme.

  8. Delete the old theme 50.

    1. From the Tasks list, click Delete Theme.

    2. For Delete Theme, select the theme number you created in step 5 and click Next.

    3. Click Delete Theme.

7.2 Modifications to Blue Responsive Theme (Theme 25)

During the patch set installation, several modifications are automatically applied to all applications using theme Blue Responsive (Theme 25).

If you import an application from Oracle Application Express release 4.2 to Oracle Application Express release 4.2.1, those modifications are not automatically performed. To pick up these modifications after import, perform the following steps to re-apply the theme:

  1. On the Workspace home page, click the Application Builder icon.

  2. Select the application using theme 25.

  3. Click Shared Components.

  4. Under User Interface, select Themes.

  5. Rename the existing theme 25 to another number:

    1. On the Tasks list, click Change Identification Number.

    2. For Theme Number:

      1. Identify Theme - Select 25. Blue Responsive.

      2. Theme Identification Number - Enter a number greater than 100.

      3. Click Next.

    3. Click Change Theme ID.

  6. Create a new theme from the repository:

    1. Click Create.

    2. For Method, select From the Repository and click Next.

    3. For User Interface, select Desktop and click Next.

    4. For Identify Theme, select Blue Responsive (Theme 25) and click Next.

    5. Click Create.

  7. Make the newly created theme 50 the active theme:

    1. Click Switch Theme.

    2. For Currently Active Theme, select the theme number you created in step 5.

    3. For Switch to Theme, select 25. Blue Responsive and click Next.

    4. For Verify Compatibility, accept the defaults and click Next.

    5. Click Switch Theme.

  8. Delete the old theme 25.

    1. From the Tasks list, click Delete Theme.

    2. For Delete Theme, select the theme number you created in step 5 and click Next.

    3. Click Delete Theme.

8 Changed Behavior

This section describes changed behavior in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.1.00.08 patch set.


Tip:

This section is current as of the writing of this document. To view the most current listing of changed behavior, go to the Known Issues page available off the Downloads page. See:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/apex/downloads/index.html

 

Topics:

8.1 Maximum Width for Textareas

In Oracle Application Express release 4.2.0.00.27, textareas were changed to always use the Maximum Width attribute to restrict text input. Because of issues with existing applications where the Maximum Width attribute contained wrong values, this has been changed to only enforce the length restriction if the application Compatibility Mode attribute is 4.2 or higher.

8.2 Enhanced Security for Report Links

Oracle Application Express includes enhanced security for report column links, where the link contains both JavaScript and references to other report column substitutions. For example:

javascript:alert( 'Delete #NAME#' );

Where NAME is a column name in the report.

Prior to Oracle Application Express release 4.2.1, in order to protect against possible cross-site scripting vulnerabilities you would have had to explicitly escape any column values in the report source, so that they could safely be used in JavaScript links. In release 4.2.1, when running in Compatibility Mode 4.2, Oracle Application Express automatically JavaScript escapes column name substitutions referenced in JavaScript links if the column is defined to escape special characters.

Existing applications with a Compatibility Mode of less than 4.2 will not be affected. However, if you have an existing application using Compatibility Mode 4.2 and you have manually JavaScript escaped any column values that were referenced in report column links, this will now result in double escaping. To fix this, Oracle recommends that you remove the manual JavaScript escaping from your report source and use of the native escaping.

8.3 jQuery Mobile

The jQuery Mobile JavaScript library used by Oracle Application Express has been updated to version 1.2.0.

8.4 AnyChart 6

The AnyChart JavaScript libraries used by Oracle Application Express have been updated to version 6.0.11. This version includes Circular Gauge HTML5 support, and a fix for the display of maps in Chrome 21 or higher as referenced in the Oracle Application Express Installation Guide. See:

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E37097_01/doc/doc.42/e35121/toc.htm#CACHEFDH

8.5 Resizing of Charts on Mobile Page

In Oracle Application Express release 4.2.0.00.27, charts generated on an application page with a jQuery Mobile Smartphone user interface were created with fixed width and height region settings in pixels. This meant that the chart region did not resize correctly according to the mobile device being used to render it.

With Oracle Application Express release 4.2.1, when a chart is created on a page using the jQuery Mobile Smartphone user interface, it correctly resizes to fit the device it is being rendered on. The width is automatically set to 100% of the chart region, and the height is based upon the height of the browser. This automatic resizing only occurs when the values for chart height and width on the Chart Attributes page are set to NULL. To define a fixed width and height for your chart region, you should specify values for width and height on the Chart Attributes page in pixels.

9 Documentation Accessibility

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Access to Oracle Support

Oracle customers have access to electronic support through My Oracle Support. For information, visit http://www.oracle.com/pls/topic/lookup?ctx=acc&id=info or visit http://www.oracle.com/pls/topic/lookup?ctx=acc&id=trs if you are hearing impaired.

Accessibility of Code Examples in Documentation

Screen readers may not always correctly read the code examples in this document. The conventions for writing code require that closing braces should appear on an otherwise empty line; however, some screen readers may not always read a line of text that consists solely of a bracket or brace.

Accessibility of Links to External Web Sites in Documentation

This documentation may contain links to Web sites of other companies or organizations that Oracle does not own or control. Oracle neither evaluates nor makes any representations regarding the accessibility of these Web sites.


Oracle Application Express Patch Set Notes, Release 4.2.1.00.08

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