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Usage of merge id in iviews and pages

I had a very interesting but shocking oss-message today:

The hiding effect of merge id with iviews and pages was a bug!

I think, this must be the longest living bug ever, as we use this "feature" since we use the sap portal (4 years!).

SAP says:

"...merge id is used for merging sub nodes of several objects.

but merge id's purpose is not to "hide" same iviews that appear twice

because of the merge. the "hiding effect" was a bug, and it is fixed

in more advanced versions, so in any case you will have a problem

with your content in next versions."

We used merge id in iviews and pages, to avoid showing these object twice, for example if an object is assigned to two roles and a uses is member if both.

Isn't anybody else using this "feature", too???

Example:

Role A: iview 1

iview 2

Role B iview 2

iview 3

If user is member if role A & role B => iview 1

iview 2

iview 3

SAP says, that we should use the property invisible instead. But I have to decide to set this property either in role (or the worksets behind) A or role B.

This doesn't work if you have many users in role A and B, but some only in A and some only in B! So we would have a third role C with the overlapping content!?

Any others having this error in reasoning?

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