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View definition components

The View designer in the BMC Helix Innovation Studio contains the following components that you can use while designing a view definition in the Digital Service application UI.


Application business analysts can customize the objects developed in their own applications and that are marked customizable by the developers, but cannot customize the objects developed in com.bmc.arsys. For example, objects in core BMC applications like Foundation, Approval, and Assignment cannot be customized. For more information, see Customization layer

Basic components
Action button

Launches an action in a view. For more information, see Configuring actions by using an action button.

Button barLaunches a block or container to accomodate a collection of action buttons in a single strip or block.

Defines a region of a view that can include view components or nested container.

For more information, see Creating a layout using Containers.


Displays an image stored in an attachment field.

For more information, see Displaying images from attachments at runtime.

Record editorProvides the following features:
  • Allows data editing for record instances
  • Supports data menus and includes all supported typed data widgets
  • Includes configurable logic to define dynamic expressions, cascading menus, and configurable actions for validation

For more information, see Creating a view for a record instance by using record editor.

Record grid

Displays record fields in a tabular format on UI.

For more information, see Creating a tabular view of record instances by using a record grid.

Rich text

Enables rich text formatting including adding hyperlinks when designing a view definition.

Tab panelA tab panel interface component is a container for resources associated with a tab. It is a set of layered pages where only one page is displayed at a time. For more information see, Configuring a Tab Panel view component.
Record editor Inputs

Displays the record fields on the UI. You can use the following fields types in the View designer:

Association, Attachment, Boolean, Date, Date/Time, Decimal, Dropdown, Floating, Integer, Select, Select group, Text, Text area, Localized Text, and Time.

Rich text area

End users can format the text in an input field (with unlimited length) by using a Rich Text Editor.

Important: The rich text formatting does not support inserting a hyperlink, an image, or an expression.

Extension container

Provides settings for extending a view definition.

For more information, see Enabling extension of application definitions

Approval components
Approval console

Provides a visual experience for creating and managing an approval process.

Important: The Approval Service is deployed by default with the BMC Helix Innovation Studio. However,  the approval components are available in the View designer only when you define the dependency of your application on the Approvals library.

Related topic

Defining the user interface through view definitions

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