Using Static Popups to Display Help Messages

Static text popup messages are used to display additional information to the user. These popup messages can be used to define acronyms, illustrate syntax for a field, or convey general help information. Popup messages can be created on forms or pages. Lets say, for example, that you have a Notes database that includes a number of forms, and each form includes an instructional paragraph for using that particular form. To help the user understand the instructions, you may want to add popup text for acronyms referenced in the paragraph.

The static popup could also be utilized to create field-level help messages. This could be achieved by adding a "?" character next to each field and setting it to display a help message specific to the field. This approach would enable additional or custom information to be presented to the user for each field on the form. Figure 17.4 illustrates a sample popup message.

Figure 17.4. Example static popup message


How It Works

The popup message can be configured to display "on mouse over" or "on click". When set to "on mouse over", the popup text displays as soon as the mouse passes over the area. Alternatively, the text message could be configured to display only when the user clicks and holds the mouse button on the context-sensitive area on the form. Using this second setting, the popup text closes as soon as the mouse button is released.

Implementation

The following illustrates how to create a static popup that contains help information for a particular field. To implement this solution, complete the following steps.

Step 1.

Create a form.

Step 2.

Add text characters to the form (such as "?" or "Help") to apply the text message to. For example, type a question mark next to a field.

Step 3.

Highlight the text string and select the Create > Hotspot > Text popup menu option. This will create the static popup region on the form and display the properties dialog. Type a message to display in the popup message (see Figure 17.5). Optionally, adjust the Show popup and Hotspot style properties.

Figure 17.5. Setting the popup text message in the properties dialog




An Introduction to the Lotus Domino Tool Suite

Getting Started with Designer

Navigating the Domino Designer Workspace

Domino Design Elements

An Introduction to Formula Language

An Introduction to LotusScript

Fundamentals of a Notes Application

Calendar Applications

Collaborative Applications

Reference Library Applications

Workflow Applications

Web Applications

Design Enhancements Using LotusScript

Design Enhancements Using Formula Language

View Enhancements

Sample Agents

Miscellaneous Enhancements and Tips for Domino Databases

Data Management

Security

Application Deployment and Maintenance

Troubleshooting

Appendix A. Online Project Files and Sample Applications

Appendix B. IBM® Lotus® Notes® and Domino®Whats Next?



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