TechTip: Lotus Domino Web Application Flow

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As we developed a Domino Web application, we found that little documentation existed stating which events, from a browser perspective, should be used within the form to handle the processing of information. We found the following information to be helpful. The process a Domino document goes through from a browser perspective is as follows:

1. The document is loaded.
2. If any activity needs to be done when opening the document via the Web, the WebQueryOpen event should be used.
3. The information is redirected to HTML.
4. Any document processing or data entry is done at this time.
5. The information is posted.
6. If any activity needs to be done when saving the document via the Web, the WebQuerySave event should be used.
7. The document is physically saved.

At this point, the information we had entered in the Domino form had not actually been saved; it was in a transient state. But we still needed to use it for validation of the information. To work with this transient state data, we needed to add these three lines of LotusScript code to our Domino agent:

Dim session as New NotesSession
Dim doc as NotesDocument
Set doc = session.DocumentContext


We wanted to provide a Submit button on the Domino form, so we needed to create a Submit button and use the following two lines of code to make it work:

@Command([FileSave]);
@Command([FileCloseWindow])


When the Submit button was selected, the onSubmit event was triggered, which checked for a valid entry.

Dan Boyum is a Software Engineer on the Business Solution Test team located at the Rochester, Minnesota, laboratory. He has 2.5 years of experience in the software testing field. His areas of expertise include Lotus Domino and Windows servers on iSeries. Dan can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Marilyn Dukart is an Advisory Software Engineer on the Business Solution Test team located at the Rochester, Minnesota, laboratory. She has over 15 years of experience in the software testing field. Her areas of expertise include Lotus Domino and WebSphere. Marilyn can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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