8.6 Understanding Elements

Elements make up the content of your forms and views. Some elements can be used only once.

When you are adding elements, remember that when you add an element to a form, you need to add that same element to the view in order for it to be displayed in the folder.

You can add the following elements:

8.6.1 Folder Form Elements

Attachments: Enables you to display uploaded files as an attachment.

Attachments include a thumbnail, and details about the document, such as file size and author.

Checkbox: Adds a check box that can be selected or deselected.

Date: Adds a field that launches a calendar applet when users click inside it.

Date and Time: Adds two fields. The first field launches a calendar applet, and the second field launches a time-selection applet when users click inside.

E-Mail Address List: Adds a field that enables you to specify e-mail addresses.

Description: Adds an HTML text editor that enables you to provide a description of the folder.

File Upload: Enables you to upload files.

Group List: Adds an element that enables users to add groups.

Hidden Field: Adds a hidden element. When you design the custom form, you can use this element to add boilerplate text to every entry that is created. This text is “hidden” because it does not appear on the entry form when users are creating an entry; however, the text does appear on the entry view after the entry is created.

HTML Editor Text Area: Adds an HTML text editor where you can compose messages, create links, upload pictures, and more. The information that you create in this HTML editor is displayed in your folder.

Icon: Enables you to change the folder icon that is displayed in the Navigation panel.

Number: Adds a field that requires users to enter a number. Alphabetic characters are rejected.

Picture: Adds a field that enables you to upload a picture to display in your folder.

Radio Buttons: Enables you to display options that users can select with radio buttons.

Remote Application: Enables you to display certain applications that have been configured by your Vibe administrator.

For more information on remote applications, see Section 12.0, Managing Remote Applications.

Selectbox: Enables you to display options that users can select.

Team List: Adds a field that enables users to specify teams.

Text: Adds a field where users can enter text.

Text Area: Adds an expandable field where users can enter text.

Title: Adds a field that enables you to specify a title for the workspace.

URL: Add a field that converts any text into a hyperlink.

User List: Adds a field that enables you to specify other Vibe users, using type-to-find functionality. When you specify a user’s name when you modify the workspace, as described in Section 8.5, Populating Elements in the Folder View, Vibe displays the user’s name on the folder home page, with links to his or her personal workspaces.

Users External to Vibe: Vibe uses this option internally when synchronizing tasks and calendars to another application through iCal. You should not manually add this element to any form or view.

For more information about iCal in Vibe, see Synchronizing Tasks and Calendars to a Desktop Application in the Novell Vibe 3.3 User Guide.

8.6.2 Folder View Elements

Any form element that you create can be added as a view element, if you want it to show up in the view.

The following elements are specific to views; they cannot be added to a form.

Accessory Panel: Displays the Accessory Panel on the workspace home page. Users can use this panel to add community or personal accessories, depending on their individual rights.

For more information on Accessories, see Managing Accessories in the Novell Vibe 3.3 User Guide.

Discussion Folder: Displays folder entries in the Discussion folder view.

Entry Creation Date: Displays the date and time that an entry was created.

Entry Creator: Displays the creator of an entry.

Entry Creator and Creation Date: Displays who created the entry and when they created it.

Landing Page Layout: Adds a landing page creation form that enables you to create landing page elements to display in your folder.

You must add the Landing Page Layout layout option in the folder form before you can add it as a view element.

Title: Adds a field that enables you to specify a title for the workspace.