eText, and XSL Templates for XML Publisher do not work in PeopleTools 8.49

This title really says the most important part.  The rest of this is a rant–I have no work around for making this work at the moment.

Back in May Human Resources aproached me, asking for help developing a flat file for uploading our retirement data with TIA/Cref.  Since I have taken this job as an Information Systems Developer, newly exposed to Oracle and PeopleSoft to a level I had not previously been exposed I have heard about this XML Publisher thing.  It’s supposed to replace crystal reports, which are old and gross (yet, seem to work).  Being a web dude, I love XML.  I’m all about it.  So clearly, me and XML Publisher seem like a match.

XML Publisher supports 4 template formats.  These are: Rich Text Format (RTF), eText Format (also RTF), PDF (Built using word in the RTF format), and miraculously enough Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT).  Personally, I was quite pleased that Oracle had embraced a web standard created by the World Wide Web Consortium.  As a bonus, I had used this technology previously, and while wordy, I had found it excellent for translating XML.

I tried creating a simple XSL Template.  Unfortunately, it did not work.  It was at this time that I created my first support ticket with Oracle.  Now, nearly 3 months later, my first support ticket is still open.

They told me that they didn’t really support, or have example XSL documents I could use.  I switched between XSLT to eText because, supposedly, eText worked and was supposed to do exactly this kind of thing.  It was also broken.

One thing that is cool about this is I think I was their first client that ever tried to use the XSL Template option.  That makes me a trail blazer, in a defunct kind of way.

2 Responses to “eText, and XSL Templates for XML Publisher do not work in PeopleTools 8.49”

  1. pplsft_dev - July 8, 2010

    Yeah true…n i believe i m the second one ;)…it doesnt seemt to working..i have tried everything i could…but finally ur article brought me to STOP!!! thanks man!! :)

  2. Ben Liyanage - July 8, 2010

    I suspect it will work in pt 8.50.

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