Creating better looking client applications in Notes 8.5.1

As demonstrated in this article, you can use the “” setting to have documents opened within a composite application page.  This setting is a very powerful setting and many use cases can be achieved with it in composite applications.  Now with the introduction of the Notes Document container in Notes 8.5.1 you can also use this setting and completely do your wiring to/from your Notes documents from within CAE.  Keep in mind, this setting does work with Notes 8.5 – so you can do a lot of this today.  The setting is set in the Advanced Properties dialog for the component:

The concept is simple – you define a page in the composite application with the same name as the alias for the form you want to open it in. Put “” in the Notes Document containers Advanced Settings and that component now becomes the place where documents are opened.  This allows your document to be opened with other components (whether they be web, Notes, Xpages, or Java components) on the page and have these components wired together.  With the introduction to side shelf wiring in 8.5.1 your document can also drive what content is shown in the side shelf.


With the ability to have your views and outlines use the Java rendering, this should give you a lot more options on how you can have your databases structured in Notes 8.5.1.

2 thoughts on “Creating better looking client applications in Notes 8.5.1

  1. Bob I have one suggestion about your post and that is to change the title from “Creating better looking client applications in Notes 8.5.1” to “Creating great looking client applications in Notes 8.5.1”.

    “Better” reminds me of the “old Lotus Notes”. Just my thoughts…

    On the other hand – great post and great info.

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