IBM recommends that you use an outline for navigating between views and folders, conforming to the following rules:
Figure 1: Navigator title and replica. Icon is optional
- The name of the application is at the top, left-justified (in left-to-right languages), and 4 points larger than the text and bold.
- The server replica is next (also left-justified).
- The application icon is optional, but if you include it, left-justify the icon next to the application name and put the replica name under the title, as shown in Figure 1
- The most important or most frequently used view or folder is at the top.
Put actions in the Actions menu and action bar. Do not put actions in the outline unless the action is directly related to one of the views or folders.
Figure 2. Actions in an outline should relate directly to a view or folder
Views and folders for composite applications
Refer to the Java documentation in the Expeditor toolkit for more information.
The APIs for the Navigator and the preview pane are not yet available.
For composite applications, items in the navigator can, but do not have to be, preceeded by an icon. If you use an icon, it should be 16x16 pixels. Refer to the following table for suggestions on how to best design for navigation between pages and views.
Table 1: Design suggestions for navigating between pages and views
To allow users to navigate
In Mail, Calendar, and Contacts, use tabs at the top
Use a “navigator”; in Domino Designer, use an outline.
This means that you might end up with two navigators next to each other (the view and the page)
between different pages
Put buttons across the top (you must create your own Eclipse component to do this).