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This is an action that users can use to get helpful diagnostic information.

This is an action that users can use to get helpful diagnostic information for support people such as database title & server & file path & replica ID, user name & access level & roles, and current view and/or form and/or field. We find it extremely helpful in cases where the user might not know the programatic name of the current view/form/field, and it also saves the time of going database-properties and scanning the various tabs for useful information.

First you need a form, I called it UserInfo. It will be used in a dialog box. Here are the fields you need - all of them computed when composed (I set these up in a table):

UserName
@Name( [Abreviate]; @UserName );

AccessLevel
AccessLevel := @Subset( @UserAccess( @DbName ); 1 );
@If( AccessLevel = "1"; "Depositor";
AccessLevel = "2"; "Reader";
AccessLevel = "3"; "Author";
AccessLevel = "4"; "Editor";
AccessLevel = "5"; "Designer";
AccessLevel = "6"; "Manager";
"" )

Roles
@UserRoles

DatabaseTitle
@DbTitle

Server
@Name( [Abbreviate]; @Subset( @DbName; 1 ) )

FilePath
@Subset( @DbName; -1 )

Then 4 computed for display fields (values set in calling action described below):

RelicaID
CurrentView
CurrentForm
CurrentField

Have hide-whens on the current <element> fields to hide them if empty.

Also have a hidden SaveOptions field with a value of 0 to stop the form from being saved.

Here is the agent that composes this document:

Sub Initialize
	Dim Workspace As New NotesUIWorkspace
	Dim Session As New NotesSession
	Dim HealthSpace As NotesDatabase
	Dim UserInfo As NotesDocument
	Dim UIView As NotesUIView
	Dim View As NotesView
	Dim UIDoc As NotesUIDocument
	Dim Doc As NotesDocument
	
	Set HealthSpace = Session.CurrentDatabase
	Set UserInfo = HealthSpace.CreateDocument
	
	Set UIView = Workspace.CurrentView
	Set UIDoc = Workspace.CurrentDocument
	
	UserInfo.ReplicaID = HealthSpace.ReplicaID
	If Not UIView Is Nothing Then
		UserInfo.CurrentView = UIView.ViewName
	End If
	If Not UIDoc Is Nothing Then
		Set Doc = UIDoc.Document
		UserInfo.CurrentForm = Doc.Form(0)
		UserInfo.CurrentField = UIDoc.CurrentField
	End If
	
	Call Workspace.DialogBox( "UserInfo", True, False, True, True, False, 
False, "User Information", UserInfo, True, True )
End Sub

Now try it out in different areas of a database. If you have a view open, it tells you the name of the view. If you have a document open, it tells you the form, and if the document is in edit mode, it tells you which field you are on. An interesting one to try is a view with a preview pane - it tells you the view name and the form of the currently selected document! Have fun.

If I win the CD Player, next month I'll post how to add a problem description section to the form and link it to a discussion database with a post button ;-) Wish me luck!

Whoops, one thing I almost forgot. The form needs a 'Close' button on it with this formula:
@Command( [FileCloseWindow] )

I have the dialog window called so that it doesn't have an OK or Cancel button, so you might be stuck if you tried it without this button to replace them.

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