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Using Notes documents for CSS design

Normally, in order to define a CSS file, you would use a Page design element. However, using a Page requires a design modification if the webmaster needs to modify the CSS settings.

In order to alleviate this, I have decided to use Notes documents to maintain the CSS rule definitions.

To implement this, you need to create the following:

A form with two fields:
1. The first one for the name of the CSS file. The CSS name should end with ".css", i.e. "FormStyle.css".
2. The second one for the actual CSS rule definitions. This one should be defined as a rich text field.

A view that displays the CSS documents. This view should display the first field in the form as the only column, and this column should be sorted alphabetically.

Finally, every form that needs to implement the CSS settings should have a formula in the HTML Head Content event.

To illustrate the formula, please consider that my view is called "vwGUI", and I want to implement the FormStyle.css document in all documents created with the form that has the formula below in the HTML Head Content event:

This technique can be used to centralize the maintenance of your CSS files in one database for all the applications on the server. All you will need to do is use the URL for the database to be used as the CSS file library.

Good luck, and have fun.


db := @ReplaceSubstring(@Subset(@DbName; -1);"\";"/");
server := @Name([CN]; @Subset(@DbName; 1));
"<META http-equiv="expires" content="0">" + @NewLine +
"<link rel=stylesheet type="text/css" href="" + server + "/" +db +
"/vwGUI/FormStyle.css">"

This was first published in October 2001

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