Working with Outline Entries

The heart of an outline is the entry. Entries perform actions, link to other databases or Web sites, open views and folders, and do much more. You can get fancy with an entry by adding graphics and setting mouseover properties. As with other design objects, an entry has a properties box. The properties box consists of the Outline Entry Info and Outline Entry Hide When tabs. The Outline Entry Info tab has settings for Name , Content, Image, and Options.

The Outline Entry Info Tab

The Outline Entry Info tab consists of the following sections (see Figure 9.7):

  • Label, Pop-up, and Alias ” Specifies the name and alias of the entry. The pop-up appears on mouseover when there is not enough space to display the entire contents of the label.
  • Content ” Defines the contents of the entry, including the type (None, Action, Link, Named Element, and URL), value, and frame.
  • Image ” Sets the image used for the outline entry.
  • Options ” Check box for selection focus and read only.

Figure 9.7. Basic settings for outline entries are made in the Outline Entry Info tab.


Naming an Entry

Label and Alias are self-explanatory: They simply name the entry. If you create a default outline, the label has the same name as the view. However, unlike in the Folder pane, you can change the entry label to whatever value you want and the underlying view link will still be in effect. Links to views and other database objects or URLs are set in the Content section. If the entry is too wide for the display area, including text in the Pop-up field displays the contents upon mouseover.

Working with the Content Section

The Content section has a number of options that provide power and flexibility to entries. There are three fields in this section: Type, Value, and Frame. A number of buttons and a drop-down list also appear for certain type selections. As you scroll through the choices in the Type field, the items in the Content section of the Info tab change. There are five settings for the Type field:

  • None ” Can be used for a placeholder, such as the title of a hierarchical category
  • Action ” Creates an action based on @Commands and the Formula language
  • Link ” Pastes a link previously copied to the Clipboard to the entry
  • Named Element ” A list box that enables you to choose from the following database objects ”page, form, frameset, view, folder, or navigator
  • URL ” Enter a valid URL as a link

Three buttons are found in the Content section of the Info tab: Browse, Formula, and Paste. These buttons are conditionally exposed based on the choice made in the Type field (see Figure 9.7).


The functionality of the Browse, Formula, and Paste buttons is described in Table 5.8 in Chapter 5, "Advanced Form Design."



You might have noticed that the entry type None has a Paste button. If you copy an object such as a view link to the Clipboard and click the Paste button, the Type field changes to Link and the Value field changes to the name of the object.


Creating an action entry gives you access to the Formula language and @Commands. You can use an action to launch an agent, for example, by using @Command([ToolsRunMacro]) .


You don't need to use an action to create a new document from an entry. Simply select Named Element as the type and choose Form. Click the Browse button and locate the form. Name the entry appropriately. When a user clicks the entry, a new document is created based on the form you specified.


To create a link entry, copy a link to the Clipboard in Notes. (As you know, a link can be made to a document, view, or database.) Create a new entry or use an existing entry, and set the type to Link. Then click the Paste button. The link appears in the Value field.

The entry type of Named Element is probably the one you will use the most because it offers access to many different design objects ”even objects in other databases. Choosing Named Element and then clicking the Browse button produces the Locate Object dialog box, shown in Figure 9.8.

Figure 9.8. Clicking the Browse button for named elements displays the Locate Object dialog box.


You can choose from the following design objects for named elements:

  • Page (the default)
  • Form
  • Frameset
  • View
  • Folder
  • Navigator

You can make the selection for the named element in the drop-down list before clicking the Browse button, or you can change the selection in the first drop-down list (Kind of Object) in the Locate Object dialog box. You can also easily switch databases from the current database to another from the Database list in the dialog box. When you are satisfied with your choices, the last field contains the type of object that you selected. Its name changes; for example, in Figure 9.8, it is set to View.

It is also possible to use a formula to specify a named element. You can enter a formula by clicking the Formula button. If you have a link copied to the Clipboard, you can click the Paste button. However, whenever you click the Paste button, the Type field changes to Link.

The last item in the Type field is URL. You can enter a URL directly into the field, as in (without quotes), and the link will launch the URL when clicked. You can also use Domino URLs, such as http://Unleashed6/HomePage.nsf?OpenDatabase , which in this example, opens a database on a Domino server. Figure 9.9 shows an outline with two entries based on URLs.

Figure 9.9. Two entries based on URLs are shown at the bottom of the Work pane. Note the floating Help box near the Paste button.


In Figure 9.9, you'll notice that the URLs appear in the Work pane in the Source column. If you look at the Programmer's pane, you'll see that the Objects tab is open to the Label setting and that the text of the entry's name is in quotes. Similarly, if you open each of the other objects ”Source, Frame, Image, and Hide When ”you'll see entries there that correspond to the entries in the properties box. Because the events are available in the Programmer's pane, you can write code snippets in here as well as in the properties box.

Adding Images to an Entry

By default, an entry appears with a folder icon beside it. You can turn off this image by clicking Do Not Display an Image, or you can add a custom image to the entry. To use a custom image, first add the image to Image Resources. You can then choose the image by clicking the Browse Images button or by entering a formula. To use a formula, first click the Formula button and then enter the formula in the Edit Formula window. The formula must evaluate to the name of an image resource.


Regardless of the size of the image resource, Domino resizes it to fit the outline entry. You can change this behavior when you embed an outline in a page or other design element. For more information, see the section "Embedding Outlines," later in this chapter.


The last field in the Image section, Do Not Display an Image, turns off the display of the image. Obviously, you don't want to add an image and turn off its display, so this is primarily used to turn off the default images that Domino provides for the various elements. For example, if you want to define an image when you embed the element in a page, you can turn off the display of images for the outline entries. This turns off the default view icons that appear.

Using Selection Focus

Turning off the selection focus is done in the Options section at the bottom of the Outline Entry Info tab. When you do this, the selection focus remains on the previous outline entry. You won't notice the effect unless you change the colors of the selections on the Font tab of the Embedded Outline properties box. This setting is useful if you have an outline that has an entry that creates a document or takes other actions. For example, if you've created an entry that uses a form as a named element and you've checked Does Not Keep Selection Focus, when a user clicks the entry that creates a document, the focus will remain on the previous selected entry (a view, perhaps) after the new document is closed. After all, it doesn't make sense to stay on the action entry, whereas it does make sense to stay on the view entry.

The Entry Hide When Tab

The Entry Hide When tab functions just as any other Hide When tab does and, for that reason, isn't shown here. You can hide the entry from Notes 4.6 or later and Web browsers. Alternatively, you can hide the entry using a formula entered into the formula window.

Part I. Introduction to Release 6

Whats New in Release 6?

The Release 6 Object Store

The Integrated Development Environment

Part II. Foundations of Application Design

Forms Design

Advanced Form Design

Designing Views

Using Shared Resources in Domino Applications

Using the Page Designer

Creating Outlines

Adding Framesets to Domino Applications

Automating Your Application with Agents

Part III. Programming Domino Applications

Using the Formula Language

Real-World Examples Using the Formula Language

Writing LotusScript for Domino Applications

Real-World LotusScript Examples

Writing JavaScript for Domino Applications

Real-World JavaScript Examples

Writing Java for Domino Applications

Real-World Java Examples

Enhancing Domino Applications for the Web

Part IV. Advanced Design Topics

Accessing Data with XML

Accessing Data with DECS and DCRs

Security and Domino Applications

Creating Workflow Applications

Analyzing Domino Applications

Part V. Appendices

Appendix A. HTML Reference

Appendix B. Domino URL Reference

Lotus Notes and Domino 6 Development
Lotus Notes and Domino 6 Development (2nd Edition)
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Year: 2005
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