As I’ve mentioned before, Dwight Wilbanks and I are presenting on AJAX widgits and a toolkit for Domino developers at Lotusphere. I bring to you now some design questions about building enhanced Domino Views with AJAX. Here’s the idea of the basic view widgit. I request a view, it brings back a scrolling viewport that has the first 10 view entries listed. Above the viewport, it says, “Entries 1-10 of 28 categories”. To the right it has a field for me to enter text and the view will jump to that entry in the view.
As I scroll down, more view entries appear, and if I keep scrolling, I’ll eventually get all the view entries (or categories). If it is a categorized view, and I mouse over the entry, it will tell me how many children there are for that category, and how many total descendants. So here’s question number 1. Rather than “twisty” style view categorization, what if I had a 2 pane view that showed the categories in the left pane, and when I click on the category, the list appeared in the right pane? Here’s an MS DOM reference page that has a similar orientation. It’s so easy to get buried in categories, I could see this type of navigation being handy.