In a typical Oracle ADF application there might be a lot of tables with the query-by-example filter functionality. It is a great ADF standard feature that users love. However there is at least one thing that can be improved.
Step 1: The user enters a filter criteria and performs the filtering.
=> The table data is filtered according to the criterion
Step 2: The user clicks on "QBE-Filter" button
=> The filter header row is not visible.
=> The table data is still filtered
=> There is no hint for the user whether the data is filtered and if so how the data is filtered. From UX point of view the UI Feedback is not perfect.
How to improve
To improve the user feedback it would be great to at least have a UI hint if the visible data is filtered or if the "Hide QBE-Filter" button would reset the filter. In this blogpost I am going to show a hack how you can achieve the latter one with ADF 11R1.
ADF 126.96.36.199 normal mode
ADF 188.8.131.52 normal and screenReader mode.
To my surprise this improvement is implemented in ADF 12.1.2! No need to hack if you are on the bleeding edge :)