Use sections in conjunction with harnesses to define the appearance of user forms, rule forms, or composite portals.

A section defines the appearance and contents of one portion of a form.

Work information and functionality are grouped into sections by context and purpose. Each section can be included in other sections so that you can reuse them in a variety of contexts.

Pega Platform contains many standard harnesses and sections that you can copy and tailor to meet your application needs.

> Layouts

Layouts organize properties and controls within a section.

Layout cells contain properties, labels, controls, or other sections. There are various types of layouts that dictate how cells are arrayed. Layouts can be automatically converted into a sections so that they can be reused in other harnesses, sections, or flow actions.

> Controls

Information about a work item is entered or displayed in controls such as text areas, drop-down lists, check boxes, or calendars. Many controls are configured so that they meet, without further refinement, most of your process requirements. To add a control, drag and drop it onto a layout cell.

From the toolbar in a section, you can add layouts and controls to your section.

Layout Screen Layout    
  Basic layouts  
Row/List based layouts    
Ajax based layouts    
Basic Button Check box Calendar Dropdown
Icon Label Radio Buttons TextArea  
Input Box          
Advanced AutoComplete Chart Data Field
Information Mashup Menu Bar Paragraph Rich Text Editor  
Smart Label Video      

> Where referenced

Rules of the following types can reference a section:

  • Harnesses
  • Other sections
  • Paragraph rules, as the contents of a pop-up SmartInfo window.

> Access

Use Application Explorer to access sections that apply to the work types in your application. Use the Records Explorer to list all the sections available to you.

> Development

For sections that use the SmartFrames format, you can maintain the section directly from the Harness rule form (as well as from the Section form).

> Category

Sections are instances of the Rule-HTML-Section class. They are part of the User Interface category.