I really, really like Bob Obringer’s Ultimate View Navigator. After seeing it, I immediately wanted to merge the work I’d been doing with his code. To reset for everyone, I wanted to duplicate the ability we have in the Notes client to start typing, hit enter, and the view would “jump” to the closest entry in the view.

I’ve tacked this onto the end of the Ultimate View Navigator, and I call it the “StartsWith Extension”. This screencast shows you how it works and the 2 notes design elements you need to add to Bob’s sample database to include it.

Dirk Boman sent me a note the other day asking me to post something to conclude the series I’d started on creating dynamic drop down menus in IWWCM (IBM Workplace Web Content Management). I’d originally discussed the theory of it using a commercial product for menu generation and some integration code I’d written to munge it with the Navigator/Menu elements of WCM.

After revisiting this for Workflow’s website (which ought to go live soon), I found a much better solution that replaces the OpenCube code ($) with some lightweight Open Source code from htmldog.com, called Son of Suckerfish. Catchy, no? This solution involves one relatively small CSS file and about 12 lines of Javascript code to accomodate IE.

I really like this approach much better.