This section illustrates the organization of the user interface.
The main data area contains only a default image when the client platform starts. Once applications have been opened, then the views associated with the application will be displayed.
The Title bar displays the program title and icon. The displayed information is part of the branding elements that can be changed.
The menu bar contains the set of actions that have been provided by either the default workbench or by other applications.
The banner bar can optionally display a graphic and the application name. The configuration and graphical image used by the banner bar can be changed.
The primary data area of the user interface contains the perspectives and views associated with an application.
The Coolbar/Toolbar area is used to display icons for actions that are available. Usability guidelines suggest that all actions available on the Coolbar or toolbar are also available via actions on the menu bars. The Coolbar/Toolbar area is optionally displayed and is configurable by the administrator. Users can also elect to display or hide the Coolbar/Toolbar area.
The status area can be used by applications to display information regarding the status of their application. The components in the status area are associated with a particular perspective and view.
A sidebar provides a means for end users to multi-task or work with other applications while working in a single application. For example, users can chat with someone on their buddy list or check their calendar while viewing mail in the main window.
The Launcher is represented in the user interface as a button labeled Open
. It is a drop down menu that contains the list of applications available to the user. The user selects a menu entry to open or launch the application.