The following figure shows the elements of the header section of a folder page.
Figure 7: Header elements
The header section of a folder page – like the header section of a calendar page, of an address book page, etc. – has the following elements.
The top menu bar
The logout button
closes your BSCW session.
The action shortcut bar
consists of frequently used actions like creating objects, e.g., documents, subfolders or discussion forums, initiating a search or getting more information about the current folder.
The first action shortcut lets you browse your workspaces; clicking on the icon opens a window representing your complete workspace hierarchy. For a quick access to a certain workspace, browse your workspaces and click on the workspace to open it in BSCW.
The instant access bar
gives access to personal objects like your home folder, clipboard, trash, address book and calendar. The instant access bar may disappear if the browser window gets too narrow for its display.
specifies the location of the current object in your folder hierarchy as a path from your home folder to this very object: :your-user-name / active workspaces. The names in the directory path are links to the respective folder pages.
A search field is integrated into the navigation
bar that lets you search your workspaces. Type your search terms into the
search field and hit . The results will be presented in
a separate search folder with the location of the objects found in their
description. In order to return to your previous workspace, hit in the instant access
The standard search (“all”) will look for all objects in the current folder where the search terms appear in the name, the content, the description or the tags. You may also select a different type of search from the drop down menu appearing when you point to the triangle preceding the search field: name, tags or documents. A name search looks for all objects in the current folder where the search terms appear in the name, a tag search looks for all objects where the search terms appear in the tags, and a document search looks for all documents that contain the search terms. Note that tag and document searches are not restricted to your current folder, but look into all your workspaces.
Further details on searching in BSCW are given in 4.9 Search.
The multi-selection toolbar
offers buttons for
• selecting or de-selecting all entries in the current page;
• enabling or disabling the display of subfolders, when the option View Foldout is active;
• applying the actions listed to the objects selected (check-marked).
The context menu
(an action button at the lower right-hand corner of the header section of the folder page) offers all actions that are applicable to the current folder. The context menu may also be invoked by a right mouse click anywhere on the title part of the folder listing (pressing the Ctrl key along with the right mouse click produces the original browser menu, e.g. for “Save target as…”). Putting the cursor over the context menu icon displays often used actions (Change Properties, Cut, Copy, Delete) as a horizontal iconized context menu.