Open a notes database from Internet Explorer
Posted on 2005-03-09
I have a client request to be able to open a Lotus Notes database from a link displayed within Internet Explorer. The requirement is not to open the database within the browser itself, only to open it in the Notes client by clicking a link on a page displayed in the browser.
The functionality needs to be able to start the Notes client if it is already running or to simply open the specified database if the client is already running.
I've found articles indicating that it should be as simple as including something like the following within my HTML:
<A href="notes://<server>/<path>/<database>">DB Link</A>
I've also seen commentary suggesting that "?OpenDatabase" be appended after the database name.
The botom line is that neither of these approaches works consistently. I've had varying results: sometime I get "Server Error: File does not exists" from the Notes client, sometimes it opens a different database (often the last one that I opened manually) and every once in a whhile it will actually work (especially if I close down my Notes client and open it up again).
Any suggestions on how to do this would be greatly appreciated. Please note that I do not have the option of changing the computer on which the browser is running in any way, no registry changes, no file or program installs, etc.
Also, I am not a Notes developer, I'm a Web developer so please keep that in mind when describing a possible solution.
Thanks in advance for the help...