IBM Lotus Domino Web Design

In the beginning...

I've been using Lotus Notes (now IBM Lotus Notes) since about 1993, when it was at version 4.5. At that time it was all purely Notes client based, which meant every PC had to have a copy of Lotus Notes installed. The developers had Notes developer installed and the adminstrators had Notes adminstrator installed. Pretty straightforward.

These days, using a bespoke, licenced piece of software on an end-user machine is frowned upon by businesses and with good reason: Why can't we use something we already use? they say. And IBM say: you can, it's called a browser. Anything you can develop for the Notes client you can develop for the web (be that intranet or internet). And, within the framework of the modern browser they are absolutely right.

Not only can you develop sophisticated applications for use with a browser you can actually do somethings more easily on the browser (admittedly, the converse is also true). In the same way that you can get your email on the web, book a flight on the web and do on-line banking, so you can do anything for a business on the web.

In these few pages, I'm documenting some tricks I've learned on the way.

My audience

You are a Notes developer who has developed for the web. You already know HTML, CSS and javascript. You will need a sound knowledge of all three to make the most of using Notes on the web.

You've already designed stuff for browsers and are looking to maximum the user impact (aka wow factor) when presenting your business solutions.

There are some powerful techniques out there (see my Top Domino Sites box at the top of this screen) but some are so powerful they are worthy of in-depth analysis here.


Stop the logon prompt in an Intranet environment

Dynamic resizing of views and pages