Tag Name: <af:pageTemplate>
Java Class:
Component Type: oracle.adf.RichPageTemplate
Naming Container: Yes. When referring to children of this component ("partialTriggers", findComponent(), etc.), you must prefix the child's ID with this component's ID and a colon (':').

Renders a pageTemplate. If you want a common UI for all your pages, you may use a pageTemplate. This allows you to define your common UI in a pageTemplate definition file using the <af:pageTemplateDef> tag, and reusing the common definition on all your other pages using this tag. The document component needs to be the root component and must not be placed inside of a af:pageTemplateDef.

You can pass attributes using JSP tag attributes, or by using <f:attribute>. Facets can also be set as normal using <f:facet> tags. The definition can refer to the attributes of the component by using the "var" EL variable and the component itself using the "componentVar" EL variable that are setup on the <af:componentDef> tag. The definition can reference a facet using the <af:facetRef> tag. Each facet can only be referenced once.

<af:pageTemplate id="weather"
  <f:attribute name="zip" value="94065"/>
  <f:attribute name="description" value="Redwood Shores, CA"/>
  <f:facet name="forecastSummary">
    <af:outputText value="Partly Cloudy"/>
  <f:facet name="forecastDetail">
    <af:panelGroupLayout layout="vertical">
      <af:outputText value="72'F"/>
      <af:outputText value="Partly Cloudy"/>
      <af:outputText value="Wind: W at 16 mph"/>
      <af:outputText value="Humidity: 46%"/>
And this is the corresponding pagefragments/weatherBox.jspx:
<jsp:root xmlns:jsp=""
  <af:pageTemplateDef var="attrs">
<component xmlns="">
  This component will show weather forecasts in a box.
    <description>This child draws out the summary forecast</description>
    <description>This child draws out the detailed forecast</description>
    <description>The Zip code of the area</description>
    <description>The city/state of the zip code </description>
    <af:panelHeader text="Weather Forecast for Zip:#{}, #{attrs.description}">
      <af:facetRef facetName="forecastSummary"/>
        <af:facetRef facetName="forecastDetail"/>

The pageTemplate component does not support nesting a bound template inside of a non-bound page template. When using ADF model binding, the entire hierarchy of page templates must be bound. If this is not done, the page template will inherit the bindings of its including page and not use the page definition defined for the template.

Bound page templates may not be placed inside stamping components like the <af:iterator> component as the page template model does not currently supported being stamped. If necessary, page templates can be replicated using <af:forEach>, provided that each iteration has its own model.

Note about stretching layouts and flowing/scrolling layouts:

With today's web browsers, it is not reliable to have vertically-stretched content inside of areas that also have scroll bars. If you want the outer areas of your page structure to stretch, you need to be careful of how you assemble your component tree.

  • First, build up a structure of stretchable components (using panelSplitters and panelStretchLayouts).
  • Second, inside of this structure, create islands of non-stretched content. These islands should be rooted with panelGroupLayouts with layout="scroll". This is an ideal component because it can be stretched and does not stretch its children--which likely don't support being stretched anyway.
Rules of thumb:
  1. Never place a scrolling panelGroupLayout inside of another scrolling panelGroupLayout since users do not like nested scroll bars.
  2. Never specify percentage heights in any component's inlineStyle attribute.
  3. Never use the "position" style in any component's inlineStyle attribute.
  4. Unless you are using fixed pixel heights on them, you would never place a panelSplitter or panelStretchLayout inside of any panelGroupLayout regardless of what you have set its layout attribute to.
If you believe that you need to break one of these rules, this is an indication that your page structure is not following the page structure guidelines and you will likely have troubles getting your application to render consistently across various web browsers and computing platforms.
  • For specific details of about component stretching, please see the "geometry management" section in the tag documentation of each component.
  • See the demo application for real world layout examples that you can use as a starting point in your application. A good starting point is the "Layout Basics" page listed under the "Framework Features" tab of the demo application.

Geometry Management

  • This component can be stretched by a parent layout component that stretches its children, e.g. panelStretchLayout, panelSplitter.
  • You can only safely stretch a pageTemplate if you can guarantee that inside of it, there is only a single root component and that single component supports being stretched by an ancestor. Otherwise, you may get different results in different web browsers.


Type Phases Description
org.apache.myfaces.trinidad.event.AttributeChangeEvent Invoke Application,
Apply Request Values
Event delivered to describe an attribute change. Attribute change events are not delivered for any programmatic change to a property. They are only delivered when a renderer changes a property without the application's specific request. An example of an attribute change event might include the width of a column that supported client-side resizing.


Name Type Supports EL? Description
attributeChangeListener javax.el.MethodExpression Only EL a method reference to an attribute change listener. Attribute change events are not delivered for any programmatic change to a property. They are only delivered when a renderer changes a property without the application's specific request. An example of an attribute change events might include the width of a column that supported client-side resizing.
binding Only EL an EL reference that will store the component instance on a bean. This can be used to give programmatic access to a component from a backing bean, or to move creation of the component to a backing bean.
customizationId String Yes This attribute is deprecated. This attribute will be removed in the next release. Use the 'id' attribute instead.

This attribute is deprecated. The 'id' attribute should be used when applying persistent customizations. This attribute will be removed in the next release.
id String Yes The identifier for the component. The identifier must follow a subset of the syntax allowed in HTML
partialTriggers String[] Yes the IDs of the components that should trigger a partial update. This component will listen on the trigger components. If one of the trigger components receives an event that will cause it to update in some way, this component will request to be updated too. Identifiers are relative to the source component (this component), and must account for NamingContainers. If your component is already inside of a naming container, you can use a single colon to start the search from the root of the page, or multiple colons to move up through the NamingContainers - "::" will pop out of the component's naming container (or itself if the component is a naming container) and begin the search from there, ":::" will pop out of two naming containers (including itself if the component is a naming container) and begin the search from there, etc.
rendered boolean Yes Default Value: true

whether the component is rendered. When set to false, no output will be delivered for this component (the component will not in any way be rendered, and cannot be made visible on the client). If you want to change a component's rendered attribute from false to true using PPR, set the partialTrigger attribute of its parent component so the parent refreshes and in turn will render this component.
value Object Yes If this attribute is set to an instance of, the view ID will be taken from the model and the model will receive notifications of the starting and stopping of the template context. Otherwise, if the value is non-null the value is assigned to the "bindings" EL variable while this template is rendering or decoding.
viewId String Yes

This is the viewId of the resource that contains the definition for this pageTemplate. Typically this points to another jsp page, that begins with the &lt;af:pageTemplateDef/&gt; tag.

If the value attribute of the page template resolves to an instance of PageTemplateModel then the view ID will be retrieved from the the model instead of using the <code>viewId</code> tag attribute.

The view ID is evaluated during tag execution, not during stamping. Therefore, if EL is used to specify the value, it must have a valid value during tag execution, and cannot be based on component values, like the iterator var attribute. This value should be consistent during all the JSF lifecycle phases. It is recommended to only change the view ID in the invoke application JSF phase, if necessary, as this will allow child components to be correctly processed.

The view ID is the ID of the view to build the component tree from and only the components constructed during the include will be present. So if it is desirable to stamp different include components in an iterating component, like the iterator or table, then each different view ID must be represented. For example:

<af:iterator var="item" value="#{bean.values}">
  <af:switcher facetName="#{item.type}">
    <f:facet name="type1">
      <af:pageTemplate viewId="type1.jsff" />
    <f:facet name="type2">
      <af:pageTemplate viewId="type2.jsff" />
    <f:facet name="type3">
      <af:pageTemplate viewId="type3.jsff" />

As shown above, three templates are used in the iterator, and only the correct one is displayed based on the stamped item's type attribute.

Note that tag execution is performed at the beginning of the render response phase, during the building of the view, before the view root is being rendered. This means that any EL variables must be set up prior to the render response in order to be using in this attribute.