Nathan T. Freeman and Chris Blatnick was planning on presenting an UI technique that we developed for our Integrated Business Framework products at their presentation at Lotusphere 2007 but unfortunately there was not enough time. Nathan and Chris did a great job in demonstrating the importance of UI design. So I am posting it here. Below is a description of how it works and a sample database that demos it. Link It has been tested in Notes 6, 6.5, and Notes 7. Credit to this technique should be given to Robert Burton from our development team.
Though Lotus Notes had the tab window concept way before Firefox and Microsoft IE, we dislike how it works because you can open window after window and pretty soon you might have a dozen windows open. If you open a document in a view same thing happens. The user can start losing track of their task. Instead, we wanted the user to focus on the task in hand. You could have launched it in a different frame, but screen real estate is limited especially at a resolution of 1024 x 768. So we developed this technique for opening a document, form, or frameset in a separate window. This technique also works for opening a document or form in a dialog box.
In this technique, when you double click to open a document in a view, the document will open in a new Notes window that is separate from the existing Notes tab window. How does this work? First, we create a frameset with two frames. The view is display in one frame and the other frame we display a blank form or page and we make this frame very small.
In the demo, launch the frameset and double click on the document in the view.