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OBIEE Setting up an Compagny custom "Skin" and "Style"

OBIEE uses “Styles” and “Skins” to generate the graphical representation. These can be found in the ..\OracleBI\web\app\res\ directory. On a default install the content of sk_oracle10 and s_oracle10 is used. A lot of people edit directly in these two directories running a huge risk to loose everthing when an update of OBIEE is installed! It’s much safer to make your own "Skin" and "Style directories.

To make a custom “Skin” and “Style”:

    1. Make a copy of the sk_Oracle10 and rename it sk_MyCompagny (Capital sensitive) both in ..\OracleBI\web\app\res\ directory and ..\OracleBI\oc4j_bi\j2ee\home\applications\analytics\analytics\res

    2. Make a copy of the s_Oracle10 and rename it s_MyCompagny (Capital senstive) both in ..\OracleBI\web\app\res\ directory and ..\OracleBI\oc4j_bi\j2ee\home\applications\analytics\analytics\res

      In the instanceconfig.xml file (…\OracleBIDate\web\config\) add between the <ServerInstance> tags:

        1. <DefaultStyle>MyCompagny</DefaultStyle> (Case Sensitive)

        2. <DefaultSkin>MyCompagny</DefaultSkin> (Case Sensitive)

        Copy any pictures you want to use to the directories in both the Web and OC4J_BI skin and style location.

          Restart the presentation server, javahost and OC4J_BI (in that order). Or even better restart the whole server.

          Since OBIEE and OCJ4_BI sometimes have dominance over each other (not always in the same order). It is good practice to keep the file in both directories the same.

          Files to Edit:

          File Name Content resides

          Logon.css

          Stylesheet Logon Screen

          sk_MyCompagny\b_mozilla_4

          PortalBanner.css

          overall appearance of a dashboard’s top section

          s_MyCompagny\b_mozilla_4

          PortalContent.css

          appearance of a dashboard’s main content area

          s_MyCompagny\b_mozilla_4

          Views.css

          Corresponds to each of the Oracle Business Intelligence request views (Title, Table, Pivot Table, Chart, Narrative, Ticker, and so on).

          s_MyCompagny\b_mozilla_4

          admin.css

          appearance of the administrators dashboard

          sk_MyCompagny\b_mozilla_4

          answers.css

          appearance of answers

          sk_MyCompagny\b_mozilla_4

          briefingbook.css

          appearance of the breifbook

          sk_MyCompagny\b_mozilla_4

          sk_MyCompagny\b_mozilla_4

           

          A good tutorial on .CSS can be found here:

          http://www.w3schools.com/Css/default.asp

          Till Next Time

          John Minkjan is a senior BI-consultant and OBIEE Product Expert at Ciber in the Netherlands, the text of this article is also published on his personal blog http://obiee101.blogspot.com/

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