GoogleIt Mail IT Print IT PermaLinkSetting User Preferences In Domino Web Apps With $Preferences.NSF
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Written By : Richard SchwartzCategory : IBM Lotus Notes And Domino
Location : Nashua, NH

One of the search strings in last month's Google hits brought this to mind. I've run into it a couple of times, and there's a useful article and demo that covers it on LDD, but I get the impression that a lot of people have overlooked it. So, open your Domino Designer Help file and search for "URL commands for setting user preferences in Web applications". Better yet, open a browser and type in your server's hostname, followed by $preferences.nsf. You'll see something like this...

Now make yourself a little test database on your server, and create a form with a computed for display Date/Time field, set to the value @Now, and open it with an ?OpenForm URL. Now edit the URL and open the $preferences.nsf database, change your time zone setting, save it, and hit the back button a couple of times to return to the test form. Refresh your browser. It's magic!

Well, not quite magic, and not quite a cure-all for customizing presentations for end-user time zones because there are lots of ways you can design your applications so that this automatic enforcement of display preferences will be ignored... but it's still pretty good to know about when you are supporting a geographically diverse group of web users. It may be especially useful to know about this when you get complaints at the help desk because your users on another continent are seeing appointments in their calendar at the "wrong time" when they use Domino Web Access.

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