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Oracle® Application Express Patch Set Notes
Release 4.2.5.00.08
 

 

Oracle® Application Express

Patch Set Notes

Release 4.2.5.00.08

 

April 2014

These patch set notes accompany the Oracle Application Express 4.2.5.00.08 patch set. The Oracle Application Express 4.2.5.00.08 patch set is a cumulative patch.

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 4.2.5.00.08 patch set can be applied to Oracle Application Express release 4.2 or later. 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 to install this patch set, or install the entire Oracle Application Express 4.2.5 release from Oracle Technology Network (OTN), consider the following rules:

  1. If you have Oracle Application Express release 4.2 or later installed, download the Oracle Application Express 4.2.5 patch set and apply it.

  2. If you have Oracle Application Express release 4.1.1 or earlier installed (including Oracle HTML DB release 1.5), download and install the entire Oracle Application Express 4.2.5 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 4.2.5 release from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

2 Pre-Installation Tasks

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

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 or apxpatch_con.sql (for CDBs) 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 p17966818_425_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 p17966818_425_Generic.zip file

    • UNIX or Linux - Enter the following command:

      $ unzip p17966818_425_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/E16655_01/backup.121/e17630/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 prevent access to Oracle Application Express if your configuration includes Oracle REST Data Services (formerly Oracle Application Express Listener), embedded PL/SQL gateway, or Oracle HTTP Server and mod_plsql.

2.4.1 Stopping Oracle REST Data Services

To learn more about stopping the Oracle REST Data Services server (formerly Oracle Application Express Listener), see Oracle REST Data Services Installation and Configuration Guide:

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E37099_01/doc/doc.20/e25066/toc.htm

2.4.2 About Disabling the Embedded PL/SQL Gateway

If your configuration includes the embedded PL/SQL gateway, you need to disable 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 HTTP Server

If your configuration includes Oracle HTTP Server and mod_plsql, you need to stop Oracle HTTP Server.


Tip:

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).

2.4.3.1 Stopping Oracle HTTP Server 12c

To stop Oracle HTTP Server 12c, enter commands using the following syntax, where DOMAIN_HOME is the path to the Oracle HTTP Server domain:

  • Linux:

    $DOMAIN_HOME/bin/stopComponent.sh componentName
    
  • Windows:

    %DOMAIN_HOME%\bin\stopComponent.cmd componentName
    

In a default installation, componentName is ohs1 but may have been changed when running the Oracle HTTP Server Configuration Wizard.

2.4.3.2 Stopping Oracle HTTP Server Included with Oracle Database 10g Release 1

To stop Oracle HTTP Server included with Oracle Database 10g release 1 (10.1), enter commands using the following syntax:

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

In the previous example, ORACLE_BASE is the path to the Oracle base directory.

3 Installing the Patch Set

Complete the following tasks to install the patch set.

3.1 About Installing in Oracle Database 12c

Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1) introduces the multitenant architecture. This database architecture has a multitenant container database (CDB) that includes a root container, CDB$ROOT, a seed database, PDB$SEED, and multiple pluggable databases (PDBs). Each pluggable database is equivalent to a separate database instance in Oracle Database 11g. The root container, CDB$ROOT, holds common objects that are accessible to every PDB utilizing metadata links or object links. The seed database, PDB$SEED, is used when creating a new PDB to seed the new database. The key benefit of the Oracle Database 12c multitenant architecture is that the database resources, such as CPU and memory, can be shared across all of the PDBs. This architecture also enables many databases to be treated as one for tasks such as upgrades or patches, and backups.

3.2 Installing in a CDB

Follow these instructions if Oracle Application Express is installed into CDB$ROOT in a multitenant container database (CDB).

To install the patch set in CDB$ROOT:

  1. Set your current directory to the top-level "patch" directory where you unzipped the p17966818_425_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_con.sql. For example:

    @apxpatch_con.sql
    
  4. Review the log files syspatch_con*.log, ddlpatch_con*.log, deppatch_con*.log, and corepatch_con*.log for any errors.

  5. Follow the instructions in the next section, "Post-Installation Tasks".

3.3 Installing in a Standalone Database or Locally in a PDB

Follow these instructions if Oracle Application Express is installed in a standalone database (or non-CDB), including Oracle Database 10g or Oracle Database 11g, or is installed locally in a PDB.

To install the patch set in a standalone database or locally in a PDB:

  1. Set your current directory to the top-level "patch" directory where you unzipped the p17966818_425_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.

  5. Follow the instructions in the next section, "Post-Installation Tasks".

4 Post-Installation Tasks

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

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 Application Express.

4.1.1 Updating the Images Directory When Using Oracle REST Data Services

If you are using the Oracle REST Data Services (formerly Oracle Application Express Listener), you need to create a Web Archive for Oracle Application Express images. For more information, see the Oracle WebLogic Server and Glassfish Server discussions, "Creating the Web Archive for Oracle Application Express Images" and the Apache Tomcat discussion, "Configuring Oracle Application Express Images" in Oracle REST Data Services Installation and Configuration Guide:

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E37099_01/doc/doc.20/e25066/toc.htm

If you are running Oracle REST Data Services in standalone server mode, locate the path on the filesystem, that contains the existing Oracle Application Express images, and replace it with the images directory from p17966818_425_Generic.zip.

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 a SQL script located in the top level directory where the patch was unzipped.

4.1.2.1 Updating the Images Directory in a CDB

Follow these instructions if Oracle Application Express is installed into CDB$ROOT within a multitenant container database (CDB).

To update the images directory in a CDB:

  1. Set your current directory to the top-level "patch" directory where you unzipped the p17966818_425_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_con.sql passing the file system path to the "patch" directory where the p17966818_425_Generic.zip file was unzipped as shown in the following example:

    • On Windows:

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

      @apxldimg_con.sql /tmp/patch
      
4.1.2.2 Updating the Images Directory in a Standalone Database or Locally in a PDB

Follow these instructions if Oracle Application Express is installed in a standalone database (or non-CDB), including Oracle Database 10g or Oracle Database 11g, or is installed locally in a PDB.

To update the images directory in a standalone database or PDB:

  1. Set your current directory to the top-level "patch" directory where you unzipped the p17966818_425_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 p17966818_425_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 Running Oracle HTTP Server

To update the images directory:

  1. To locate the images directory on the file system by reviewing the following files for the text alias /i/:

    • Oracle HTTP Server 11g Release 1 or Oracle HTTP Server 12c - See the marvel.conf or dads.conf files.

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

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

  3. Depending upon your environment, run the following commands:

    • Windows systems - Run a command from a command prompt similar to the following example:

      xcopy /E /I patch\images ORACLE_HTTPSERVER_HOME\Apache\Apache\images
      
    • UNIX or Linux based systems - Run a command similar to the following example:

      cp -rf patch/images ORACLE_HTTPSERVER_HOME/Apache/Apache
      

    In the previous 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.

4.2 Starting Oracle Application Express

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

4.2.1 Starting Oracle REST Data Services

To learn more about starting the Oracle REST Data Services server (formerly Oracle Application Express Listener), see Oracle REST Data Services Installation and Configuration Guide:

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E37099_01/doc/doc.20/e25066/toc.htm

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. Oracle recommends assigning the same port number as was previously assigned to the embedded PL/SQL gateway to ensure that bookmarks created by developers and end users are still valid.

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:

4.2.3 Starting Oracle HTTP Server

This section describes how to start Oracle HTTP Server.


Tip:

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).

4.2.3.1 Starting Oracle HTTP Server 12c

To start Oracle HTTP Server 12c, enter commands using the following syntax, where DOMAIN_HOME is the path to the Oracle HTTP Server domain:

  • Linux:

    $DOMAIN_HOME/bin/startComponent.sh componentName
    
  • Windows:

    %DOMAIN_HOME%\bin\startComponent.cmd componentName
    

In a default installation, componentName is ohs1 but may have been changed when running the Oracle HTTP Server Configuration Wizard.

4.2.3.2 Starting Oracle HTTP Server with Oracle Database 10g Release 1

To start Oracle HTTP Server shipped with Oracle Database 10g Release 1 (10.1), enter commands using the following syntax:

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

In the previous example, ORACLE_BASE is the path to the Oracle base directory.

4.3 Adding New Translation Languages After Patching Oracle Application Express

For multi-lingual applications, the translated versions of Oracle Application Express implemented before patching are automatically patched when the core language is patched. However, if you wish to install a new translated version after patching, Oracle recommends downloading "Oracle Application Express 4.2.5 - All languages" from Oracle Technology Network. If you use the load_lang.sql script from an Application Express software distribution prior to Oracle Application Express release 4.2.5, you will need to rerun this patch to upgrade the new language to the current version.

5 New Scripts for Oracle Database 12c Multitenant Installations

The Oracle Application Express 4.2.5.00.08 patch set provides two new scripts for use with Oracle Database 12c multitenant installations: apex_rest_config_con.sql and reset_image_prefix_con.sql.

5.1 Configuring RESTful Services in a Multitenant Installation

Use apex_rest_config_con.sql in place of apex_rest_config.sql to configure RESTful services, in conjunction with the Oracle REST Data Services (formerly Oracle Application Express Listener) in Oracle Database 12c multitenant installations.

To run apex_rest_config_con.sql:

  1. Change your working directory to the directory where you unzipped the patch set software.

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

    @apex_rest_config_con.sql
    
  4. When prompted, enter a password for the APEX_LISTENER and APEX_REST_PUBLIC_USER accounts.

    When configuring RESTful Services in Oracle Application Express, it creates two new database accounts.

    • APEX_LISTENER - The account used to query RESTful Services definitions stored in Oracle Application Express.

    • APEX_REST_PUBLIC_USER - The account used when calling RESTful Services definitions stored in Oracle Application Express.

5.2 Changing the Image Prefix for All Oracle Application Express Instances

Use reset_image_prefix_con.sql in the rare event that you wish to change the image prefix from the default of /i/ for all Oracle Application Express instances in a multitenant database.

To run reset_image_prefix_con.sql:

  1. Change your working directory to the utilities directory where you unzipped the patch set software.

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

    @reset_image_prefix_con.sql
    
  4. When prompted, enter the new image prefix.

6 Known Issues

This section describes known issues in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.5.00.08 patch set.


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.htm


6.1 Developer Toolbar Not Available for Mobile Applications

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

Workaround:

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.

6.2 Issues Displaying HTML 5 Charts in Internet Explorer 7 or 8

If you experience problems displaying HTML 5 charts in Internet Explorer 7 or 8, where the region appears blank and no chart is visible, try using a newer version of Internet Explorer, or another browser such as Chrome or Firefox.

This issue is tracked with Oracle bug 17169346.

6.3 Accessibility Issue on Application Builder Home Page

Run links for Websheet applications on the Application Builder home page are missing link text. This missing text makes these links difficult to find with assistive technologies, such as screen readers.

This issue is tracked with Oracle bug 17061579.

Workaround:

To work around this issue:

  1. On the Application Builder home page, click the Websheet name.

    The Websheet Properties page appears.

  2. Click the Run button.

7 Fixed Bugs

The Oracle Application Express 4.2.5.00.08 patch set is a cumulative patch. This patch set includes release 4.2.1.00.08, 4.2.2.00.11, 4.2.3.00.08, 4.2.4.00.08, and 4.2.5.00.08 and additional product fixes. The following sections list bugs fixed in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.1.00.08, 4.2.2.00.11, 4.2.3.00.08, 4.2.4.00.08, and 4.2.5.00.08 patch sets.

7.1 Bugs Fixed in the 4.2.1.00.08 Patch Set

Table 1 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 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 REST Data Services (formerly 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 text areas 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 raises 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


7.2 Bugs Fixed in the 4.2.2.00.11 Patch Set

Table 2 lists bugs fixed in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.2.00.11 patch set.

Table 2 Bugs Fixed in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.2.00.11 Patch Set

Bug Number Description

7169462

Exported static files result in corrupted files on import

13974984

Redirect to URL Buttons do not generate a checksum for appropriate URLs

14309604

User group description not accepting maximum characters

14582096

ORA-06502 when exporting an application with a long page template header

14699842

Image size increase when import-export more than one image

15916356

Before refresh of a region, fails to cancel the entire event

15935289

Enable user other than ANONYMOUS and APEX_PUBLIC_USER to run Application Express

15940544

Database Object Dependencies, Compute Dependencies gives ORA-01461

15959506

Developer toolbar: Move Show Grid to the right of Show Edit links

15965679

List View in jQuery mobile application have no access to subpage

15969515

Application Image Prefix attribute should be NULL by default

15984978

A Before-Submit dynamic action with a confirmation message fails

15994419

Cancel Reset Data should not delete projects for Sample Wizard

15995661

Cancel goes to wrong page when adding environment in system catalog

15996380

Wrong page when Cancel or Change Environment in Edit Environment page

16002675

Clicking link for APEX_UTIL.GET_BLOB does not call initialization code

16002945

SQL And SQLVALUE syntax does not support WITH syntax

16010518

Dynamic actions using Dynamic Event Scopes on mobile sometimes do not work

16011703

Application Builder search: Error Processing Condition if invalid application or page ID

16029272

After and Before refresh events not being fired in chart of interactive reports

16030411

If Application Language Derived From using Browser Language always 'en'

16045072

Manage Tabs gives error ORA-06502 when one tab associated with hundreds of pages

16046368

Region Utilities, PL/SQL regions gives ORA-06502 error

16051585

Extra space after Column label in interactive report filter

16096118

APEX_PLUGIN_UTIL.GET_DATA* returns APX$ROWNUM column

16097364

AJAX calls do not show meaningful errors if Oracle HTTP Server with mod_plsql or embedded PL/SQL gateway are used

16097436

End users should not see detailed error message if AJAX call triggers SSP error

16103090

Error deleting Microsoft Access migration project

16104481

Delete Workspace should first drop user then drop tablespace

16165357

Instance Administration always shows packaged application installation count as 1

16177617

jQuery Mobile does not use cached version of JavaScript files

16191196

Websheets navigation menus have dark background when using Internet Explorer 8

16191354

Buttons are not displayed in SQL Workshop in translated versions

16192465

Copy list handle authorization schemes properly

16198420

Theme 23 and 26 - Success message appears twice (Template Code)

16211628

Hardcoded /i/ Image Prefix reference in Websheet menu bar

16212066

APEX_WEB_SERVICE MAKE_REST_REQUEST does not use instance wallet if not specified

16225742

ORA-20876: Stop Application Express engine caused by APEX_ITEM.TEXT_FROM_LOV

16236569

Enable interactive report group by Count * And Percent Total Count

16242658

Show/Hide item button fails to control other button attributes with Grid Layout

16248868

Import of translated 4.1.1 application: User interface record created with wrong ID

16249729

Pagination button not properly disabled when editing items in Internet Explorer

16268842

Export To PDF, RTF, and XLS from Application Express 4.2.1 Using BI Publisher gives unreadable header

16270085

Instance settings incorrectly assigned to non-internal workspace

16288600

Global application items do not show in Developer Toolbar Session window

16292676

Schema selection not shown in Query Builder

16315123

ORA-20876 when Partial Page Refresh (PPR) refreshing (Sort, Refresh, Paginate) a classic report

16318010

Page Process, Once Per Session Or When Reset, is not firing in translated application

16368520

Create user with description larger than 240 characters does not create user

16373530

Can change from region of type HTML to Data Upload Column Mapping

16383567

Response from RESTful service with text output is off by one on last parameter

16409544

Dynamic action containing a reference greater than 1 element in When selector fails to fire action for each element on page load

16411940

Artifacts displayed in call stack when _PLSQL_MAX_STACK_SIZE is enabled

16440645

Page region appears truncated when editing all items

16443640

ERR-1002 Unable to find item ID for item "P1500_GROUP" when clicking link on application groups

16444131

Region Item Display Position not correctly migrated for release 4.2 or earlier applications

16447504

Oracle REST Data Services (formerly Oracle Application Express Listener) printing option does not support print APIs

16449547

P1_FIND does not exist when clicking link on assigned application in application groups

16468156

Unwanted lines are displayed in apxpatch.log when upgrading Oracle Application Express release 4.2.1 To 4.2.2

16483690

Unable to import SQL scripts using SQL Workshop, SQL Scripts, Import option

16492569

APEX_UTIL.CLEAR_APP_CACHE raises an error when called from another application

16498928

Darkened background for Show Loading indicator does not stretch to full document

16498958

On Demand GET requests should redirect if no Application Express session yet

16527183

Mobile: Cascading LOV does not work if select list is displayed in dialog

16529338

Importing workspace results in ORA-02291: Integrity Constraint

16536609

Deprecate support of PL/SQL section in Websheets

16536668

Interactive Report, Download to email, substitution strings not being replaced in subject line

16538936

Unable to import SQL scripts in German, Spanish, and so on

16545160

Responses Rate line chart displaying duplicate y-axis values

16562938

APEX_UTIL.SET_AUTHENTICATION_RESULT does not set session status if login fails

16575574

Export file splitter cannot handle duplicate component names

16582743

Error Message You Are Using An Outdated Web Browser With Internet Explorer 10

16593319

Websheets: Username edit function does not run

16595273

If Websheet contains suggested object, import fails with unique constraint error

16600519

Double escaping of report column values on Application Builder home page

16601212

No data found error encountered when creating a new page from Page Definition

16603010

Creating blank pages defaults to Left Sidebar page template

16607625

Workspace theme not shown in Create Application wizard

16607687

Create Application Wizard - Copy shared components issue with themes

16608852

Theme 25 (Blue Responsive) does not have default wizard template defined

16611289

Regression: Have no access to the schema while Create Application Wizard using spreadsheet

16617432

Report queries fail with custom XSL-FO templates greater than (>) 32K

16621861

Upgrade jQuery Mobile to release 1.2.1

16669380

Calendar navigation buttons such as Next and Previous not functional for translated language


7.3 Bugs Fixed in the 4.2.3.00.08 Patch Set

Table 3 lists bugs fixed in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.3.00.08 patch set.

Table 3 Bugs Fixed in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.3.00.08 Patch Set

Bug Number Description

14645429

AnyChart 6 stacked bar chart colors incorrectly applied to chart series data

16304191

File upload for data loading cannot load large file with Unix line terminators

16713655

Upgrade AnyGantt charts to 4.3.0

16729276

Create new blank page missing associated tab

16743663

Over-escaping in report links if database is not character set AL32UTF8

16755352

The value of URI template in the Create/Edit Parameter page is being escaped

16755401

Edit Parameter page of RESTful services is resetting Access Method

16760897

ORA-06502 when using Microsoft Internet Explorer and cookies are disabled or empty Cookie Header

16761131

Minimum database version for packaged applications should be Oracle Database 11g Release 1 (11.1)

16768123

Interactive reports single row view: Escaping in links

16769040

Developer toolbar is missing after upgrading to release 4.2.2

16793498

Upgrade AnyChart charts to 6.0.12

16796396

ORA-22297 open LOBS exist when importing file larger than Fileupload.Max In Oracle REST Data Services (formerly Oracle Application Express Listener)

16821522

On Application Builder Change Password page, strong policy enforced only for Instance Administrator

16833264

Report template preview throws ORA-01002 error

16841599

DML Fetch Mode property visible in automatic row processing process

16846844

Workspace import raises ORA-02291 error for RESTful service calls

16848487

Broken layout on Websheet password reset page

16849144

Translatable flag not exposed in Oracle Application Express view APEX_APPLICATION_TRANS_REPOS

16866876

ORA-06502 after upgrade from Oracle Application Express 4.2.1 To 4.2.2 (Trailing ';' In Cookie Header)

16868162

Oracle Application Express links in interactive report passing date as parameters wrongly encodes date

16874019

Incorrectly generated packages when using table with TIMESTAMP data type

16887136

Oracle Application Express 4.2.2 patch set cannot be applied to Oracle Database 12c multitenant container database (CDB) and pluggable database (PDB)

16892063

Theme 25 - Modernizer 2.5.3 causes memory leak in Microsoft Internet Explorer 9

16892711

Setting p_developer_roles using APEX_UTIL.EDIT_USER is not working

16900279

Purge does not purge workspaces created using APEX_INSTANCE_ADMIN.ADD_WORKSPACE

16903670

Data loading fails if any of unique columns are of type CHAR

16924243

Re-importing page loses private interactive reports

16940186

ORA-01403 when trying to login using redirect to a page of another application

16955380

Hierarchical dynamic list missing Before Sublist Entry from list template

16997171

Error: Parsererror: Json.Parse: Unexpected Character in dynamic action

17024802

Data loading - Transformation rules columns not showing in Shared Components

17028997

P-Track application causes ORA-00933 when running against Oracle Database Release 10.2.0.4

17038694

Feedback flag missing from APEX_APPLICATIONS view

17065043

$V and $S JavaScript functions do not work on text areas items if Rich Text Editor item exists

17155961

Error handling does not support changing errors raised by interactive report

17173777

Upgrading Oracle Application Express release 4.2.2 to 4.2.3 in Oracle Database 12c CDB does not generate descriptive log file

17182622

Interactive Report - Remove HTML and escape special characters for Column on filter shows corrupted values

17210166

Oracle Application Express drop down not displaying the ampersand in Internet Explorer 8

17250508

APEX_CUSTOM_AUTH.IS_SESSION_VALID does work properly in Oracle Application Express 4.2.2

17256619

Upgrade from Oracle Application Express release 4.0: Create Websheet data grid-copy paste option results in ORA-04098

17267905

Values are cleared if the check box exists in tabular form

17283013

Single space for LDAP pre-authentication procedure name results in ORA-44004

17305899

Incorrect Oracle Application Express version displayed after using apxdvins.sql

17316352

Workspace export using APEXExport results in ORA-06502

17328327

Update Twitter Bootstrap to version 3.0.0

17346477

Oracle Application Express 4.2.2 does not work with Oracle Database Release 11.2.0.3.6, if database NLS_LANG=Estonian

17554487

Calendar with too much data for a single date results in ORA-06512


7.4 Bugs Fixed in the 4.2.4.00.08 Patch Set

Table 4 lists bugs fixed in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.4.00.08 patch set.

Table 4 Bugs Fixed in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.4.00.08 Patch Set

Bug Number Description

17266733

Go Live Check List - Can create the same category and subcategory

17269702

Incident Tracking - Can create the same ticket items

17372766

Survey Builder - Got unexpected error if question ID or answer value is non-numeric

17377640

Community Requests - Time zone select list displays wrong value

17377736

Group Calendar - Tags item is invalid in attachments for event

17380752

Bug Tracking - Clicking on tag in page 7 does not list all that is tagged

17394283

Systems Catalog - Cannot change application

17396984

Systems Catalog - Cannot change server

17407145

Data Reporter - In Internet Explorer 8, add link button while creating interactive report does not work

17412307

Opportunity Tracker - Got unexpected internal error after rename application

17412350

Opportunity Tracker - Should validate in page data load source (page 210)

17412408

Opportunity Tracker - Username format in user access control should validate

17412450

Opportunity Tracker - USERID in territory ACL page should mark asterisk

17412483

Opportunity Tracker - Industry name should validate or will add null industry

17412713

Systems Catalog - Cannot change person

17412740

Opportunity Tracker - Add location need validate if added on page 94

17413703

Customer Tracker - Upgrade from 4.2.0 to 4.2.3 throws ORA-00904 error on clicking Custom

17413978

Opportunity Tracker -Territory field is shown wrong when add account

17414220

Opportunity Tracker - Notification to date should be later or equal to from date

17414397

Opportunity Tracker - Sales Periods: Last day should later or equal first date

17414474

Opportunity Tracker - Should add related verification when add SVP

17414796

Opportunity Tracker - Administration>States: Missing related verification

17415040

Opportunity Tracker - Opportunities: No any message shown after added product

17415079

Opportunity Tracker - Opportunities: Add product UI is shown wrong

17415107

Opportunity Tracker - Opportunities: Can add duplicated product

17415160

Opportunity Tracker - Opportunities: Should show red star for product required

17415200

Opportunity Tracker - Opportunities: Can add duplicated competitor

17415259

Opportunity Tracker- Opportunities: Should show red star for competition required

17415274

Opportunity Tracker - Opportunities: No Any Message shown after added competition

17415305

Opportunity Tracker - Opportunities: Can add duplicated team member

17415345

Opportunity Tracker - Opportunities: Should show red star for team required

17415360

Opportunity Tracker - Opportunities: No any message shown after added team

17415406

Opportunity Tracker - Opportunities: Can add link when not input any value

17415428

Opportunity Tracker - Opportunities: Can add duplicated link

17415465

Opportunity Tracker - Opportunities: Can add attachment when not input any value

17415493

Opportunity Tracker - Opportunities: No Any Message shown after added attachment

17416289

Opportunity Tracker - Can create duplicated territories

17416298

Opportunity Tracker - Can create duplicated account

17416318

Opportunity Tracker - Can create duplicated opportunity

17416330

Opportunity Tracker - Can create duplicated contact

17440893

Invalid (redundant) HTML tags in interactive report pagination

17469441

Links and branches with request BRANCH_TO_PAGE_ACCEPT do not set session state

17490077

APEX_UTIL.EXPIRE_END_USER_ACCOUNT does not expire passwords

17496428

LOV Hangs after some invocations due to call to APEX_PLUGIN_UTIL.GET_DATA2

17587129

HTTP-404 when trying to test RESTful service URL in Application Express with bind variable

17593502

APEX_AUTHENTICATION.IS_AUTHENTICATED returns true if Application Express user is NULL

17648313

Bookmark checksums different between translated applications

17731951

Inefficient query on GV$INSTANCE to determine RAC nodes

17751343

Accept Page request does not perform initialization PL/SQL code

17756484

Bug Tracker - Bug attachment overlaps bug details in the breadcrumb in Internet Explorer 8

17757002

Bug Tracker - Load bugs from spreadsheet - data not shown in Home page - recent bugs

17757412

Bug Tracker - Delete bug - still in blank Bug Details page

17757519

Bug Tracker - Unable to edit Submitted by and Submitted on, which is always blank

17757622

Bug Tracker - Search in Home page does not work for bug number

17759386

Customer Tracker - Tag report does not show the tag for attachment

17759446

Customer Tracker - No validation for not selecting any file for attachment

17764983

Issue Tracker - Failed to run after installed successfully

17765032

Customer Tracker - Reports>Activity Calendar>User Activity click does work

17781714

APEX_INSTANCE_ADMIN.ADD/REMOVE_WORKSPACE is not re-runnable

17790178

Interactive report single row view errors if lower case SINCE format mask used

17796199

DAD ("No Authentication") should not redirect on initial request to public page


7.5 Bugs Fixed in the 4.2.5.00.08 Patch Set

Table 5 lists bugs fixed in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.5.00.08 patch set.

Table 5 Bugs Fixed in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.5.00.08 Patch Set

Bug Number Description

13997447

APEX_MAIL should support RFC 821-compliant email addresses

17815332

Interactive report single report view does not show correct information with large number of columns

17824102

Javascript:Void(0) thrown if answer value is character and confirm validation

18016349

reset_image_prefix.sql script cannot parse image alias argument

18050100

Imported translations overwritten when seeding again

18068631

Upgrade AnyChart Charts to 6.2.0

18145806

Print Mode Websheet in Oracle Application Express release 4.2.X gives listview of "navigation" in output

18148782

Ora-00600: [723] when archiving applications and PGA memory limit is set

18188142

Apex_Web_Service.Blob2clobbase64 And Clobbase642blob converts incorrectly

18223737

Interactive Report Date Column Filter Escapes Filter Value

18229917

Interactive subscription sends email every 30 minutes if it errors out

18282188

Creating PDF report from report queries does not show the special character properly when printing through Oracle REST Data Services (formerly named Oracle Application Express Listener)


8 Other Issues and Changes

This section describes other issues and changes in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.5.00.08 patch set.

8.1 Packaged Applications

This section describes changes to packaged applications in Oracle Application Express release 4.2.5.

8.1.1 New Packaged Applications

Oracle Application Express release 4.2.5 includes the following new packaged applications.

8.1.1.1 Sample Geolocation Showcase

Sample Geolocation Showcase demonstrates Spatial capabilities of the Oracle database. This application features three main areas:

  • Addresses - Add postal addresses which can be geocoded (converted to a coordinate) and then be displayed on the map.

  • Images - Upload images. If an image (for example, a smartphone image) contains a location, it is automatically extracted and stored in the database.

  • Areas Of Interest - Areas Of Interest are polygons which can be drawn on the map and then be stored into the database.

Based on this data, the application offers three kinds of spatial analysis:

  • Within Distance Search - After clicking a position on the map and adjusting the distance slider, the application returns all images and addresses, which are located within that area.

  • Nearest Neighbor Search - After selecting an address, a maximum distance and the maximum number of results, the application shows N images which are closest to the selected address.

  • Area Of Interest Search - Enables you to choose one of the previously created Areas Of Interest - the application returns all images and addresses within that area.

8.1.1.2 Live Poll

Live Poll enables you to conduct a simple poll or quiz. Results of the poll or quiz can be displayed in real time. You can use live poll during meetings or presentations to get instant feedback and to facilitate discussions.

8.1.2 Updates to Existing Packaged Application

Oracle Application Express release 4.2.5 includes the following major enhancements to existing packaged applications.

8.1.2.1 P-Track and Customer Tracker

P-Track and Customer Tracker include flex columns. These new fields enable application administrators to define additional columns against selected tables without needing to unlock and customize the application. Flex columns display throughout the application and from an end user's perspective appear the same as standard items.

8.1.2.2 Application Standards Tracker

Application Standards Tracker has been expanded to include integration with Application Builder when a user has an active Application Express developer session. When reviewing the results of an automated test, the results now include links directly to the corresponding component within the Application Builder. This change enables the developer to quickly review the components where issues are reported.

8.2 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 4.2.5, 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.

8.3 Modifications to Blue Responsive Theme (Theme 25)

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

If you import an application from Oracle Application Express release 4.2 to Oracle Application Express release 4.2.5, 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:

      • Identify Theme - Select 25. Blue Responsive.

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

      • 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 25 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.

8.4 Updating the Modal Region Template When Importing an Application Installed from Release 4.2.1 or Earlier

If you are importing an unlocked packaged application from Oracle Application Express release 4.2.1 or earlier instance, you need to update the Modal Region template.

To update the Modal Region template in an imported, unlocked packaged application:

  1. Import the unlocked packaged application.

  2. Access the Template page:

    1. Select the application to be updated.

    2. Click Shared Components.

    3. Under User Interface, select Templates.

      The Templates page appears.

  3. Under Regions, locate and select Modal Region.

  4. Scroll down to Definition and update the template definition by surrounding the template HTML with <div id="#REGION_STATIC_ID#_parent"> and </div>. For example:

    <div id="#REGION_STATIC_ID#_parent">
    <section class="uRegion uWhiteRegion uModalRegion uAlertRegion clearfix" id="#REGION_STATIC_ID#" #REGION_ATTRIBUTES#>
      <div class="uRegionHeading">
        <h1 class="modal_title">#TITLE#</h1>
      </div>
      <div class="uRegionContent clearfix">
        #BODY#
      </div>
        <span class="uButtonContainer">      #CLOSE##PREVIOUS##NEXT##DELETE##EDIT##CHANGE##CREATE##CREATE2##EXPAND##COPY##HELP#
        </span>
    </section>
    </div>
    
  5. Click Apply Changes.

8.5 Deprecation of Logout URLs that use APEX_CUSTOM_AUTH and WWV_FLOW_CUSTOM_AUTH_STD

The following logout procedures have been deprecated in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.2.00.11 patch set:

  • APEX_CUSTOM_AUTH.LOGOUT

  • APEX_CUSTOM_AUTH.LOGOUT_THEN_GO_TO_PAGE

  • APEX_CUSTOM_AUTH.LOGOUT_THEN_GO_TO_URL

  • WWV_FLOW_CUSTOM_AUTH_STD.LOGOUT

  • WWV_FLOW_CUSTOM_AUTH_STD.LOGOUT_THEN_GO_TO_PAGE

  • WWV_FLOW_CUSTOM_AUTH_STD.LOGOUT_THEN_GO_TO_URL

Oracle recommends users switch to the new logout procedure APEX_AUTHENTICATION.LOGOUT.

8.6 Changes in How Oracle Application Express Populates CLIENT_INFO in V$SESSION and GV$SESSION

The Oracle Application Express 4.2.2.00.11 patch set changes how Application Express populates the CLIENT_INFO value in V$SESSION and GV$SESSION. The new information in this field is workspace ID, followed by colon (:), followed by the authenticated username.


Tip:

You may have to adapt database instance monitoring scripts which interpret CLIENT_INFO and expect the previous content for Oracle Application Express sessions (username ':' workspace id).

8.7 Application Express No Longer Supports Reading Session Cookie Values from within an Application

Oracle Application Express session cookie values now start with the identifier ORA_WWV-. These cookies are removed from the CGI environment variables before the Application Express engine calls application specific code. Oracle Application Express no longer supports the ability to read session cookie values from within Application Express applications.

8.8 Deprecation of Flash 3 Charts

Flash 3 Charts have been deprecated in this release and will be removed in Oracle Application Express release 5.0. Because of this change, you should upgrade all existing Flash 3 charts in your application to the latest AnyChart 6 version.

To perform a bulk upgrade of Flash 3 charts in an application, to either AnyChart Flash 6 or AnyChart HTML5:

  1. Navigate to the Workspace home page.

  2. Click the Application Builder icon.

  3. Select an application.

    The Application home page appears.

  4. Click Utilities.

  5. Click Upgrade Application.

  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

To upgrade a single chart region, edit the region and select the upgrade option available in the Tasks region.

9 Changed Behavior

This section describes changed behavior in the Oracle Application Express 4.2.1.00.08, 4.2.2.00.11, 4.2.3.00.08, 4.2.4.00.08, and 4.2.5.00.08 patch sets.


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


9.1 Maximum Width for Text Areas

In Oracle Application Express release 4.2.0.00.27, text areas 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 later.

9.2 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#' );

In the previous example, 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.

9.3 jQuery Mobile

The jQuery Mobile JavaScript library used by Oracle Application Express has been updated to version 1.2.1.

9.4 AnyChart 5

The AnyChart 5 libraries used in earlier versions of Oracle Application Express have been removed from the /images/flashchart folder, as they are no longer used for the rendering of Flash charts. With Oracle Application Express release 4.2, AnyChart 6 is now used to render Flash charts, and any existing AnyChart 5 Flash charts are automatically upgraded to AnyChart 6.

9.5 AnyChart 6

The AnyChart libraries used by Oracle Application Express have been updated to version 6.2.0. AnyChart 6.2.0 includes rendering performance improvement for HTML5 engine in Internet Explorer 6.x, 7.x, 8.x. Support for the AnyChart Flash parameter XMLFile has been removed, and the AnyChart JavaScript setXMLFile() method should now be used instead. For example:

var chart = new AnyChart('#IMAGE_PREFIX#flashchart/anychart_6/swf/OracleAnyChart.swf');
    chart.width = 700;
    chart.height = 300;
    chart.setXMLFile('#IMAGE_PREFIX#flashchart/anychart_6/swf/anychart.xml');
    chart.write();

9.6 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 or later, 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.

9.7 AnyGantt 4

The AnyGantt libraries used by Oracle Application Express have been updated to AnyGantt release 4.3.0. For further information, see:

http://www.anychart.com/products/anygantt/history/

10 Documentation Accessibility

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Access to Oracle Support

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Accessibility of Code Examples in Documentation

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Accessibility of Links to External Web Sites in Documentation

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