Hierarchy Browser (Tree) Component

The Tree Browser Component allows users to vertically navigate hierarchical business objects, each presented as a node with a large image, three lines of metadata, and an optional link.

The hierarchy browser tree is a generalized version of the org chart in the same way that the custom picker is a generalized version of the user and group pickers. The designer has control over what data is shown, how it is retrieved, and how it is displayed, making the component a flexible means of presenting hierarchical business data to users.

For an interface recipe using the hierarchy browser tree, see the Contact Management application page. For more information on how the hierarchy browser tree works, see the detailed explanation.

Tree Browser

Function: a!hierarchyBrowserFieldTree()

Displays hierarchical data in the form of a drillable tree.

Parameters

Name Keyword Types Description

Label

label

Text

Text to display as the field label.

Label Position

labelPosition

Text

Determines where the label appears. Valid values:

  • "ABOVE" (default) Displays the label above the component.
  • "ADJACENT" Displays the label to the left of the component.
  • "COLLAPSED" Hides the label. The label will still be read by screen readers; see accessibility considerations for more information.
  • "JUSTIFIED" Aligns the label alongside the component starting at the edge of the page.

Instructions

instructions

Text

Supplemental text about this field.

Help Tooltip

helpTooltip

Text

Displays a help icon with the specified text as a tooltip. The tooltip displays a maximum of 500 characters. The help icon does not show when the label position is "COLLAPSED".

Navigation Path

pathValue

List of Variant

The first value in the pathValue array appears in the uppermost level of the tree and is the root of the visible hierarchy. As the user clicks through the browser, clicked nodes become highlighted. These clicked nodes' values are in the pathValue. They should be stored in a variable, for example local!path. A clicked node's value is used to determine the next level, generated by nextLevelValues. The pathValue must have a default value.

Save Navigation To

pathSaveInto

List of Save

Variable or list of variables to update when a user clicks on a drillable node, as determined by the node configurations. For example, local!path. Use a!save() to save a modified or alternative value to a variable.

Node Configurations

nodeConfigs

HierarchyBrowserFieldTreeNode

Describe how to display a value as a node using a!hierarchyBrowserFieldTreeNode() and fv!nodeValue. This rule or expression is evaluated for each value where fv!nodeValue is any node value.

Next Level Values

nextLevelValues

List of Variant

Given a node value, describe how to get the next level’s values using the variable fv!nodeValue. For example, rule!CRM_getCustomerUsersBySupervisor(customer: fv!nodeValue, isActive: true). This rule or expression is evaluated for each value in pathValue where fv!nodeValue refers any value in pathValue.

Accessibility Text

accessibilityText

Text

Additional text to be announced by screen readers. Used only for accessibility; produces no visible change.

Visibility

showWhen

Boolean

Determines whether the component is displayed on the interface. When set to false, the component is hidden and is not evaluated. Default: true.

Notes

  • If a Navigation Path is not specified, only the Label, Tooltip, and Instructions will display.
  • The function variable fv!nodeValue is available when configuring the hierarchy browser tree. It is only available in the Node Configurations and Next Level Values parameters.
  • All nodes, including non-drillable nodes, can be clicked and saved to the Navigation Path. Non-drillable nodes do not, however, show as having any values in the next level.
  • Each value in the Navigation Path past the first must be included in the Next Level Values generated by the previous value in the Navigation Path. For example, if Navigation Path is {1, 10, 100}, then 10 must be present in the Next Level Values generated by 1 and 100 in the Next Level Values generated by 10.

Example

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a!localVariables(
  local!path: {
    {
      id: 6,
      name: "Node 6",
      description:"Description for node 6",
      details: "I have 6 child nodes",
      type: "AIRPLANE",
      numberOfChildren: 6,
      isDrillable: true
    }
  },
  a!hierarchyBrowserFieldTree(
    nodeConfigs: a!hierarchyBrowserFieldTreeNode(
      id: fv!nodeValue.id,
      label: fv!nodeValue.name,
      description: fv!nodeValue.description,
      details: fv!nodeValue.details,
      image: a!documentImage(
        document: if(
          fv!nodeValue.type = "AIRPLANE",
          a!iconNewsEvent("PAPER_AIRPLANE"),
          a!iconNewsEvent("FOUNTAIN_PEN")
        )
      ),
      nextLevelCount: fv!nodeValue.numberOfChildren,
      isDrillable: fv!nodeValue.isDrillable
    ),
    pathValue: local!path,
    pathSaveInto: local!path,
    nextLevelValues: a!foreach(
      /* Make a number of values in the next level equal to the number of children */
      enumerate(fv!nodeValue.numberOfChildren),
      a!localVariables(
        /* Give the new node a random number of children between 0 and 10 */
        local!numberOfChilren: tointeger(rand() * 10),
        /* Make only even nodes drillable */
        local!isDrillable: mod(fv!item, 2) = 0,
        {
          id: fv!item,
          name: "Node " & fv!item,
          description: "Description for node " & fv!item,
          details: if(
            local!isDrillable,
            if(
              local!numberOfChilren = 1,
              "I have 1 child node",
              "I have " & local!numberOfChilren & " child nodes"
            ),
            "I am not drillable"
          ),
          type: if(
            fv!nodeValue.type = "AIRPLANE",
            "FOUNTAIN_PEN",
            "AIRPLANE"
          ),
          numberOfChildren: local!numberOfChilren,
          isDrillable: local!isDrillable
        }
      )
    )
  )
)

Hierarchy Browser Tree Detailed Explanation

If you want more information on how the hierarchy browser tree's inputs produce the rendered component, read through this section. This section provides a step-by-step breakdown of how the values provided to the component generate the component's data and guide its display. The interface in this section can be created by pasting the following expression into the INTERFACE DEFINITION in EXPRESSION MODE.

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a!localVariables(
  local!path: {5,2},
  a!hierarchyBrowserFieldTree(
    nodeConfigs: a!hierarchyBrowserFieldTreeNode(
      id: fv!nodeValue,
      label: "Node" & fv!nodeValue,
      description: "Description for node " & fv!nodeValue,
      details: "Details for node " & fv!nodeValue,
      image: a!documentImage(document: a!iconIndicator("PREVIEW")),
      nextLevelCount: fv!nodeValue
    ),
    pathValue: local!path,
    pathSaveInto: local!path,
    nextLevelValues: enumerate(fv!nodeValue)
  )
)
  1. The first step in building the browser is generating the "trunk" of the tree, or path nodes. You provide these values to the component through pathValue.
  1. Next, the component must know how to display these values as nodes. The component gets the display information from nodeConfigs.
  2. As the purple text (number two) shows, the display information for the path nodes comes from evaluating nodeConfigs for each value in pathValue. Each evaluation of nodeConfigs needs to produce a hierarchy browser tree node. In this example, the first value in pathValue is 5. Therefore, the first node, or the root, comes from evaluating nodeConfigs with fv!nodeValue set to 5.
  1. The component creates a level of nodes for each node in pathValue.
  2. The orange text (number three) shows that the second and third levels' values are generated by evaluating nextLevelValues for the first and second values in pathValue, respectively. In this example, the first value in pathValue is 5. The component uses this value to generate the second level's values by evaluating nextColumnValues with fv!nodeValue set to 5. The evaluation produced 5 values: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4.
  1. Finally, the component determines how to display the values produced in step three as nodes using nodeConfigs.
  2. The green text (number four) shows that the component evaluates nodeConfigs for each value generated by nextLevelValues.
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