Learn How to Create an OVS Search Help in HCM Web Dynpro Applications

  • by Rehan Zaidi, Senior SAP Technical Consultant
  • November 2, 2017
See how to program an Object Value Selector (OVS) in Web Dynpro. Then you can populate multiple fields or carry out a custom search for one or more fields.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will learn:

  • The basics of the Object Value Selector (OVS)
  • Advantages of the OVS over traditional search helps
  • Steps required to add OVS help in HCM Web Dynpro applications


Key Concept

The Object Value Selector (OVS), unlike other Web Dynpro search help options, adds a friendly search help allowing users to search for values based on criteria involving multiple field values.  

Web Dynpro is a technology used by HCM developers for the development of applications. While developing HR Web Dynpro ABAP (WDA) applications, you may be required to provide a custom search help for searching using one or more fields or for populating multiple fields such as IDs and Description. One of the ways of doing this is with an Object Value Selector (OVS).

In this case, a search help may provide a number of field values from a given table or a number of tables. I show how to program the OVS to make search helps. After showing the advantage of using an OVS, I then discuss the technicalities involved, such as the different phases of selection and the steps in programming an OVS in Web Dynpro. Finally, you see a full-fledged working example with coding and illustrations. The example shows an input help for an Employee Number field for fetching the number and naming a list of employees.

Rehan Zaidi

Rehan Zaidi is a consultant for several international SAP clients (both on-site and remotely) on a wide range of SAP technical and functional requirements, and also provides writing and documentation services for their SAP- and ABAP-related products. He started working with SAP in 1999 and writing about his experiences in 2001. Rehan has written several articles for both SAP Professional Journal and HR Expert, and also has a number of popular SAP- and ABAP-related books to his credit.

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