Aspects of dashboard layouts which are often overlooked are headers and footers. This is of course understandable, as the most eye-catching features of any dashboard will be placed in the center. Most users will go straight to the charts and tables, and while they will usually notice the header at some point the footer largely goes unnoticed.
Those who are using Oracle can easily include headers and footers into their dashboard layouts. This formatting will be carried over if the dashboard is published on the web, and if it is converted to a PDF layout. When creating a dashboard, the header should of course contain information identifying the dashboard and its topic. The footer may be used to include additional but necessary details, such as the BI application being used and its version number, the name of the author, and page names and numbers.
The Oracle BI application allows users to use all of the standard formatting features in the header and footer areas. This includes italics, bold font, tags, underlines, line breaks etc. When printing the header and footer areas as part of the dashboard layout, Oracle users must open the PDF and Print Control dialog, and then check the boxes labelled ‘Include Header’ and ‘Include Footer’. They will also see an option to edit both of these sections, which will open an individual text box.
Another feature to consider when creating a dashboard is known as ‘Page Descriptions’. This is a brief description of each page, outlining its contents and use. In order to include page descriptions on an Oracle dashboard, users must open Dashboard Properties and then select Dashboard Pages, followed by Page Descriptions. Further details and additional screenshots can be found here.