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Data- and Rule- rules opened in portal do not use same skin



Developer has this functionality where they were opening both Rule- instances and Data- instances in their business user portal via a pxLink control using the WBOpen activity by providing the pzInskey.

When they do this, the UI is not consistent between both rule – and data – instances. Data- instance rules (Example, Operator ID, Workbasket) uses application skin, whereas Rule – instance rules (Example, paragraph, MapValue) uses Designer Studio skin.

Developer would like them both to have consistent UI and prefers the designer studio skin for the data- rules as well.

Error Messages

Not Applicable 

Steps to Reproduce

  1. Create links in user portal to launch at least one rule - instance rule and one data- instance rule using 'OpenURLInWindow' action using WBOpen activity and providing pzInskey as key.

Root Cause

What appears is the correct behavior (Rule- instances showing with designer studio skin and Data- instances showing with application skin) and intentional. But, one can override an existing out of the box rule (baseclass.pyUseDeveloperSkin and Rule-pyUseDeveloperSkin) to suit their needs.


Perform the following local-change: 

There exists pyUseDeveloperSkin in both baseclass and Rule- class. One can play with either one of them or both or create a new one in Data- to achieve what they want.



The activity that looks for this pyUseDeveloperSkin rule is called GetWorkStyle


If one modifies either the baseclass.pyUseDeveloperSkin to be true or creates a new Data-.pyUseDeveloperSkin as a save as of Rule-, the Data- rules show with designer studio skin. However, as a side effect, the same occurs in the portal. See screen shots below.


Alternatively, if the goal is to make sure both Rule- and Data- skin matches, one can modify the Rule-.pyUseDeveloperSkin to false.

Now Rule- and Data- look alike (no designer studio skin)

One can choose whichever option is suitable to their needs. 

Published December 14, 2016 - Updated October 8, 2020

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