A business partner approached me at Lotusphere with this problem, and after playing around with it a little, it seemed to me the workaround might be useful to others with similar requirements, so here it is.
Requirement: set up the Memo form so that if it contained collapsed sections (e.g. a reply thread), all the sections would be automatically expanded on open.
Problem: the function NotesUIDocument.ExpandAllSections doesn't work when used on a form that has a non-scrolling header, like the Memo form in the Notes mail file. You get the error message "Document command is not available." This was reported as SPR BHUY82WLWZ.
The corresponding @Command ([SectionExpandAll]) does work in this situation, but there was existing LotusScript code in the Postopen event that couldn't be rewritten in formula language.
You can't call a formula that uses the UI from LotusScript (well you can, but it doesn't do anything). So Evaluate and NotesAgent.Run were out. How do we combine the LotusScript event code with the formula command?
Answer: Fortunately, there are duplicate form opening events -- Postopen and onLoad -- so you can put your script in one and the formula in the other. They both execute, though I'm not sure offhand in what order.
Failing that (if it's for a different event), add a subform to the form and write formula for the subform event, and LotusScript for the form event (or vice versa).
Beware <script> in XPages
Delete empty folders, take 2
Wed, Apr 10th 2013 9:50a Andre Guirard I while back I wrote a post containing code to clean up empty folders from user mail files. Yesterday, someone pointed out to me that it doesn't take into account the fact that folders that contain subfolders can be technically empty, in the sense of containing no documents, but we don't want to delete them if they have subfolders which are non-empty -- or if they have subfolders we don't also want to delete. So I came up with a new version of the code that deals with those situations. As bac [read] Keywords: ldd
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Are Apple customers allowed to marry non-Apple users?
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Searching for design elements 100 times faster
Tue, Jan 8th 2013 9:40a Andre Guirard Often, entries in this blog are in reaction to questions I get, or someone else's code I've run across. One of the reasons things have been so quiet here is that my job has changed so that's not happening as often. But every now and them I'm reminded that there are things I know that it hadn't occurred to me weren't obvious, until I run across another developer who didn't know it. That's the case with this tip. Someone mentioned that it was taking their code a long time to scan mail file [read] Keywords: ldd
Speak at Pulse?
Wed, Oct 17th 2012 12:20p Andre Guirard If you're thinking of submitting an abstract to the Pulse 2013 conference in Las Vegas, you might like to register for this webcast that explains the process. If you've been doing something interesting with IBM technologies, here's your chance to shine! [read] Keywords: ibm
Why inboxes fail
Wed, Jun 13th 2012 6:53p Andre Guirard I've been doing some research recently into what causes email to fail to be delivered into inboxes, although it is visible in the All Documents view. I was concerned with this mainly because the recommended corrective action (copy compact) isn't an option for SmartCloud Notes users and their local admins, who don't have access to the users' mail servers to issue console commands. Conventional wisdom, and our technotes, claim that the problem is that the "inbox index gets corrupted". But it [read] Keywords: admin
You can read a story of mine...
Thu, May 10th 2012 6:10a Andre Guirard In the recent anthology Sky-Tinted Waters from SamsDot, my story "Misprint" appears. It's about a young stage magician and a trick that works a little too well, and the dangers of not reading ahead to the end of the instructions. The other stories are also very good and I'm enjoying reading it. I hope a bunch of you will buy copies, and that you'll find the stories entertaining. No ebook version is planned at present. [read] Keywords: ldd