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Oracle9iAS Discoverer Plus User's Guide
Version 9.0.2

Part Number A90879-02
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Welcome to Discoverer Plus - the complete business intelligence (BI) analysis tool that works over the Internet.

Discoverer Plus enables you to query complex databases without having to understand the database language SQL (Structured Query Language). You can use Discoverer Plus to retrieve and analyze data, and produce reports in printed format or a range of electronic formats.

Intended Audience

Use this guide when you want to use Discoverer to view and manipulate data to support business decisions and you want to know how to:


This manual contains the following chapters:

Related Documents

For more information, see the following manuals:


The following conventions are used in this manual:

Convention  Meaning 

File | New 

Menu options are shown with a vertical bar separating the menu and the name of the option. For example, File | New indicates the selection of the New option from the File menu. 

bold type 

Bold type is used to distinguish field names in Discoverer dialogs. 

italic type 

Italic type is used for the names of other Oracle publications.

Note: Italic type is also used on reference dialogs to refer to areas of a dialog that have no label. 

< >  

Angle brackets enclose user-supplied names. 


Characters you type are shown in monotype. 

Discoverer often gives you several ways to perform an operation. For example, to create a new condition you could:

Since you might not be using a mouse, the Discoverer documentation always tells you the menu and menu option to choose.

Prerequisites to run Discoverer Plus

To run Discoverer Plus, a Discoverer End User Layer must already exist. The Discoverer manager must have created or upgraded the End User Layer using Oracle9i Discoverer Administrator (which is shipped as a component of Oracle9i Developer Suite Release 2).

Oracle9iAS Discoverer Navigation and Accessibility

Keyboard Navigation

Oracle9iAS Discoverer supports standard keyboard navigation. Standard keyboard navigation includes the use of the tab key, mnemonics (using the Alt key and the underlined character), and accelerators (such as Alt+F4 to exit a window).

Changing font sizes and colors for enhanced readability

You can change the font size and color of worksheet items, headings, and totals to make them more readable.

To change the default font size and color of new worksheet items, headings, and totals, choose Tools | Options and specify appropriate settings on the "Options dialog: Default Formats tab".

To change the font size and color of existing worksheet items, headings, and totals, choose Sheet | Format and specify appropriate settings on the "Edit Worksheet dialog: Format tab".

Documentation Accessibility

Our goal is to make Oracle products, services, and supporting documentation accessible, with good usability, to the disabled community. To that end, our documentation includes features that make information available to users of assistive technology. This documentation is available in HTML format, and contains markup to facilitate access by the disabled community. Standards will continue to evolve over time, and Oracle Corporation is actively engaged with other market-leading technology vendors to address technical obstacles so that our documentation can be accessible to all of our customers. For additional information, visit the Oracle Accessibility Program Web site at

Accessibility of Code Examples in Documentation

JAWS, a Windows screen reader, may not always correctly read the code examples in this document. The conventions for writing code require that closing braces should appear on an otherwise empty line; however, JAWS may not always read a line of text that consists solely of a bracket or brace.

Accessibility of Links to External Web Sites in Documentation

This documentation may contain links to Web sites of other companies or organizations that Oracle Corporation does not own or control. Oracle Corporation neither evaluates nor makes any representations regarding the accessibility of these Web sites.

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