Lotus Notes checklist

Checkpoint 5.3: Titles for forms and pages

Provide a descriptive title for each form and page.

Applicable user interfaces

This checkpoint only applies to Lotus Notes applications viewed through the Notes client.

Note: Applications that support both the Notes client interface and the Web interface must complete both the Web checklist and the Lotus Notes checklist. When completing the Web checklist, related techniques and examples for Domino developers are found in Web checkpoint 1.3d – Forms.


The window title is the text that appears in the title bar when a user composes, reads or edits a document. The window title is also displayed in the window list when a document is opened. The window title helps users understand the context of the document they are reading. If no window title is defined, the word "Untitled" appears in the title bar and the window list. A sighted person can scan the entire window list and find the window they want to open. Someone who is blind has to sequentially go through the list and wait to hear the name of the document they want. If they are looking for a document which has no window title defined in the form, they hear "untitled". The user has no way to know if that is the information they want unless they open the window and start reading the information with a screen reader.

Required development techniques

The following techniques are the minimum required to meet Checkpoint 5.3 from the Lotus Notes Application Accessibility Checklist:

  1. Open the form or page you are designing and select "Event: Window Title" in the design pane. Enter a window title (enclosed in quotes) in the formula window.
  2. If the form or page is only used for visual effects in a frameset, disable focus for keyboard users. For example, if the page only contains a blue background, the frame is not important for understanding the application. You can disable focus by setting the "No focus on F6" option in the Page Properties box. This allows keyboard users to skip over the frame and quickly go to the next frame with application content. If the form contains important information, do not set this option. The form or page must still have a title even if it does not receive focus.

Recommended development techniques

The techniques above are required; the following technique is recommended to enhance accessibility:

  1. Define a window title that changes based upon the status or use of the document. For example, a different window title should be defined for new documents. Once the document has been created, the window title can include helpful information such as the date it was created or the status of the document.

Required test techniques

Test the application to ensure that it complies with accessibility requirements.


Install the following tools to test this checkpoint:


The following techniques are required to verify this checkpoint:
Action Result
1. Verify the form and page titles are meaningful on the Notes Client. In the Notes Client, open or create a document for each type of form in the application. Manually read the window title that is displayed and verify it is meaningful.
Now verify that forms and pages used to create frames on the Notes client have meaningful titles.

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Last updated August 25, 2009.