SNTT – Usemap & XPages


I thought I write this one down. A developer asked me how to make a form more user-friendly. Basically a user reports via the form a problem somewhere in the building to the central desk and they send a mechanic. To have a more precise allocation of the problem, a room number is required to fill in.

I suggested to use an image map. There are sites around that help you define the correct coordinates.


In DDE add an image as a resource. Drag that same image into your XPage. In the Properties panel find under All Properties \ Basics the usemap property. Include here the name of your image map. This is the one you have set on your map object.


In the map object you can include in the HREF attribute an URL or JavaScript. With Dojo you can establish some nice interaction with input fields on your XPage.

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<xp:view xmlns:xp=”; dojoParseOnLoad=”true”
<xp:image url=”/bambi.jpg” id=”image1″ usemap=”imap_bambi”></xp:image>

<map id=”imap_bambi” name=”imap_bambi”>
<area shape=”rect” coords=”11,1,160,132″ alt=”daddy”
title=”daddy” href=”; />
<area shape=”rect” coords=”171,20,279,108″ alt=”mommy”
title=”mommy” href=”; />
<area shape=”rect” coords=”131,145,239,233″ alt=”bambi”
title=”bambi” href=”javascript:alert(‘hi there’)” />
<area shape=”rect” coords=”279,12,387,100″ alt=”butterfly”
href=”javascript:dojo.byId(‘#{id:inputText1}’).value = ‘found it'” />
<xp:inputText id=”inputText1″></xp:inputText>


ismap property

What I do not understand is what the ismap property is capable of. Documentation is hard to find. Maybe you know an example?


Transforming RSS feeds into HTML, run an agent or use a JS Library?

A customer asked me if it would be easy to make (snippets of) RSS feeds from Notes blog applications visible on html pages (generated by Domino)?

Sure I said, but a search on Google brought me however no direct copy and paste result.

I played before with XML and transformation but I am just wondering what would most effective and more important easy for an Editor who maintains a page?

Just adding a little JavaScript on your page and providing the url of the feed, possibly the url of a stylesheet and a parameter how many items you want to have displayed maximum sounds the easiest for me. I am already using JQuery, could I take advantage of this?

How to tackle possible domain issues? Using an agent and do the transfarmation here? What about performance?

Right now I am still searching, but if you have some guidance your help is appreciated!

PS. I looked at services as RSS Include, would be great if there would be a generic solution in Notes for such a service.