Tweaking the Lotus Notes Domino application interface

There are a number of ways to tweak your Lotus Notes Domino application's interface to please users, including:
  • Minimize scrolling: Try to design your screens so that everything fits on the Notes user's default resolution. Using a tabular format under the "Tables" property box is one way to do this. A tabular format is intuitive and allows you to further organize fields in a meaningful way versus using a three-page, one-field-per-line approach.
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  • Use smart validation: Provide users with meaningful error messages so that they don't have to request a translation of what they did wrong. Use the GoToField method of NotesUIDocument -- if validating with a script -- to advance the cursor to the point of the infraction.
  • Spend some time on coloring: Let's face it, the mustard yellow background with red and blue text may not be for everyone. There are several interface specialist sites such as Chris Blatnick's website at www.interfacematters.com with pages devoted to creating eye-pleasing color combinations within the Lotus Notes Domino user interface.

Tutorial: Lotus Notes Domino application development best practices

 Home: Introduction
 Part 1: Improving Lotus Notes Domino application performance
 Part 2: Tweaking the Lotus Notes Domino application interface
 Part 3: Expanding or modifying a Lotus Notes Domino application

Paul Stockinger
Paul Stockinger is currently certified as an IBM Advanced Developer for Lotus Notes/Domino 6 and 7 and has designed Notes and Domino applications since 1997. He can be reached at paul_stockinger@yahoo.com.

This was first published in June 2008

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