XML Publisher enables customers to utilize a set of familiar desktop tools to create and maintain their own report formats based on XML data extracts from their existing Oracle Applications concurrent request programs. At runtime, XML Publisher merges the custom templates with the concurrent request data extracts to generate output in PDF, HTML, RTF, EXCEL (HTML), or even text for use with EFT and EDI transmissions.
The flexibility of XML Publisher is a result of the separation of the presentation of the report from its data structure. The collection of the data is still handled by your concurrent request, but now you can design and control how the report outputs will be presented in separate template files.
At runtime, the concurrent manager’s output post processor calls XML Publisher to merge your designed template files with the report data to create rich, published documents in PDF that can support.