Accessing dynamic URLs from the AEL in OMNIbus Web GUI - part 1
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It is quite common to want to open a web page from the AEL, where the URL is formed dynamically, based upon the details of the event which was selected. The easiest way to do this is using a Web GUI "URL" tool, where one or more field values from the event are dynamically substituted into the URL string. This works fine, but the web page is opened in a new browser window or tab. In this blog entry I will describe how to configure Web GUI 7.3.1 (which uses TIP 2.1) to open a dyna
I will use the fictitious example of a TIP page containing the AEL on one side, and pages from an in-house inventory tracking system on the other side. When I run a particular tool from the AEL I want to update the URL being displayed on the page in order to view inventory details of the selected node.
The first step is to define a Web GUI tool which can be run from the AEL in order to open a dynamic URL. To do this, open the Web GUI tool editor and define a new tool. Set the tool type to "Script" and then enter a script of this format this under "Script Commands": var eventObject =
var eventObject =
After creating this new tool we add it to the AEL alerts menu (with an item labelled "Inventory Details", in this example).
Our next step is to define a new TIP page (via the "Page Management" facility) which contains an AEL portlet and a TIP "Web Widget" portlet, side-by-side. We can configure the portlet preferences for each, if we wish; for example, so that the AEL uses a specified filter and view, and so that the web widget uses a specified starting URL (for us, this will be the home page of our inventory website).
Now, if I open this new page, I can scroll through the list of events until I find an event where the related node is of interest. I right-click on that event, and select the "Inventory Details" tool from the pop-up menu:
The tool causes a TIP event to be broadcast, which might be received from any open portlets. The TIP Web Widget portlet is able to listen for events with a name "htt
In our example, this causes the details for the selected node to be displayed on the page:
In part 2 of this blog entry (coming soon), I will describe how to configure Web GUI to open a dynamic URL in a different TIP tab, rather than on the same page.