The widgets catalog is an IBM® Lotus® Domino® server-based application that contains all centrally managed widgets and their underlying XML extension definitions. The catalog is based on the Lotus Notes® server-supplied Widget Catalog (8) template (TOOLBOX.NTF) and its access is controlled by PLUGIN_CUSTOMIZATION.INI preferences.
Power users can configure new widgets and publish them in the catalog for user access. Users obtain the latest widgets from the catalog on a scheduled basis. Depending on how users are configured they can browse the catalog for new widgets and update the widgets in their local catalog replica on demand.
Each widget is represented in the catalog as a Notes® document containing the following elements.
Widget graphic for display in the catalog document
Note: You can use the default graphic or specify another for display in the catalog document. However the graphic you specify for the catalog document has no effect on the widget thumbnail used in the My Widgets sidebar panel. The widget thumbnail is specified in the .XML file attachment using the "imageUrl" variable.Title, Description, and Detail
Use the default widget name or specify a different catalog document title. Use the Description and Details fields to describe the widget.Category
Control user access to the widget based on widget category grouping such as team name or job. This is how you specify which users have access to which widgets. Users whose "category" preference allows them access to widgets of a specific category name will be provisioned with those widgets automatically.Type
Optionally specify the widget type(s) -- for example component or feature or plug-in.XML extension attachment
This contains the widget XML itself, which informs the client what to do when the widget is provisioned to the user, for example deploy a plug-in from a named update site or install a gadget.
The catalog is supplied with the following views
- All Widgets
- By Author
- By Category
Catalog access rights
The administrator can control a variety of Widgets catalog access settings using settings in the PLUGIN_CUSTOMIZATION.INI file. For example, an administrator can control widget deployment based on categories. Categories are created in the catalog, but are administered by way of preference settings. Specific widgets can be deployed to specific users based on the category in which a given widget resides and the categories for which a given user is assigned.
Catalog action buttons
The catalog contains the following action buttons:
This allows you to open and view the selected catalog document for the purposes of viewing and optionally adding it to the My Widgets sidebar panel. Provided you have edit rights to that document, you can also open it for edit.Add Widget to Catalog
Use this to add a widget to the catalog. This action opens a dialog in which you can attach your .XML file and add a title, category name (optional), type designation, short description, and detailed description.
Parent topic: Configuring Widgets and creating the catalog: XPD621