Structuring your display

For an application interface to be intuitive and efficient, it must make good use of the user's screen. One way for a designer to accomplish this is to use framesets.

A frameset is a collection of frames. A frame is one section, or pane, of the larger frameset and is independently scrollable. By using framesets, designers can create links and relationships between frames. Framesets let you leave one page displayed as users scroll or link to other pages or databases. There is no HTML required to design a frameset.

Domino® Designer lets you:

  • Create an effective multi-paned user interface for your applications.
  • Control frame attributes such as size, scrolling, border colors and width, and frame spacing.
  • Determine frame source content at runtime.
  • Create programmable links that are maintained automatically.
  • Set a frameset to launch automatically when a database, form, or page opens.

Another way to accomplish this is to use a composite application. Like frames, each component functions independently, with independent navigational controls. Designers can also create causal relationships between components. Unlike frames, the components can be Eclipse based components or portlets as well as Notes® components, and the components can be dynamically changed based on user-initiated actions in other components.

For more information, see Designing Framesets.