OPA 10 / OPA 12 – Rule Name and Headings

OPA 10 / OPA 12 – Rule Name and Headings

One feature which has been streamlined in version 12 of Oracle Policy Modelling is the set of Styles that we used to have in version 10 that allowed us to format Headings and Rule Name – purely for informational purposes. The reason I appreciated these Styles was simple – by having them in the Ribbon, everyone used the same styles and got used to it.

OPA 10 - Rule Name and Headings

This stopped people inventing their own overly complicated Styles for formatting purposes and helped impose order. In version 12, the offerings are somewhat more streamlined. There are none, as far as I can see in the November release. Now I assume that this is just a case of letting people format their comments and headings as they wish but I find the lack of strict control an open door to having documents with different Styles and personalized (read : overdone and unnecessary) color schemes.

OPA 12 - Rule Name and Heading Etc


The remaining comment / heading related Ribbon item is the “Toggle Comment” feature. The keyword here is Toggle. I’ll explain. Enter some text into your Oracle Policy Modelling Version 12 Word Document.

OPA 12 - Toggle Comment A

Go ahead and click the Toggle Comment button. Of course, nothing happens. Why of course? Because it toggles between a defined Policy Modelling Style and the Comment Style. To follow through with my example, format the line using any Policy Modelling Style – we are not going to compile / validate this document anyway. Now you should have something like this:


OPA 12 - Toggle Comment B

Now you can re-click the Toggle Comment button. So you get the result of having the text formatted using a Comment Style.

OPA 12 - Toggle Comment C

The plus point – and it is a nice one – is the fact that the Style is “Comment – Level 1” or “Comment – Conclusion” or “Comment – Level 2” in line with whatever format your text had before the Toggle Comment button was clicked. And of course, since it is a Toggle, clicking the Toggle Comment button again reinstates the original Style. Cool. Toggle Comment is therefore a worthy replacement for the legacy “Ignore” feature that I moaned about a few weeks ago.

Thanks to those of you who suggested that I add information on this Toggle Comment feature.

Until next time!


Author: Richard Napier

Richard Napier joined Siebel Systems in 1999 and took up the role of managing the nascent Siebel University in Southern Europe. He subsequently was Director of Business Development and Education for InFact Group (now part of Business & Decisions) for 8 years. He now runs Intelligent Advisor IT Consulting OÜ. Owner of intelligent-advisor.com, he also is Co-Founder of the Siebel Hub.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Logo by Southpaw Projects LLC