How to change the look and feel of a view using css

A lotus view open in a browser is very ugly but you can greatly improve using stylesheets (css); here I explain how to use the css in a lotus view in order to improve the look and feel and to display rows in alternate colors.

  1. create a lotus database
  2. create a form with four fields
    • Employee of type text
    • Salary of type numeric
    • Bonus of type numeric
    • Supervisor of type text
  3. create a view named “MyView”
    • In View Selection insert the form just created
    • in the properties of the view, in the label Advanced (the second last label) check “Treat view contents as HTML”; this is a important point because I’ll create the HTML code for the view
    • insert four columns with these values in the Title of their properties
      • <tr><th>Employee</th>
      • <th>Salary</th>
      • <th>Bonus</th>
      • <th>Supervisor</th></tr>

      in the columns I insert the header for the table, especially note the opening tag tr in the first column and the closing tag in the last one

    • insert the following formulas in the columns just created
      • “<script>
        document.write(‘<tr class=”odd”>’);
      • “<td>”+@Text(Salary)+”</td>”
      • “<td>”+@Text(Bonus)+”</td>”
      • “<td>”+Supervisor+”</td></tr>”

    even here there is the opening tag tr in the first column and the closing tag tr in the last one; especially note the formula in the first column, the javascript code is inside the tag “script”, there is an interesting mix of javascript and @Formulae to insert the attribute “class”

  4. create the stylesheet table.css in Resources/Style Sheets
    	font-family: "Lucida Sans Unicode", "Lucida Grande", Sans-Serif;
    	font-size: 12px;
    	margin: 45px;
    	width: 480px;
    	text-align: left;
    	border-collapse: collapse;
    table th
    	font-size: 14px;
    	font-weight: normal;
    	padding: 10px 8px;
    	color: #039;
    table td
    	padding: 8px;
    	color: #669;
    table .odd
    	background: #e8edff; 

    this file is from Horizontal Zebra

  5. create a form named “$$ViewTemplate for MyView” containing
    • a tag <table> as Pass-Thru HTML
    • an embedded view pointing to the view MyView and in the properties (first tab) select “Using HTML” in Web Access
    • a tag </table> as Pass-Thru HTML

    and in the form section HTML Head Content insert

    "<link rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href='/"+
    @WebDbName+"/table.css' />"+

Test the view with some documents in a browser

You can download the sample database here.


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