BSCW manages two basic types of objects:
o Objects that do not contain other objects:
o widget (of a portal)
o blog entry
o Objects that may contain other objects:
o search folder
o discussion forum
o e-mail message
o template folder
o website folder
o phase (of a project)
o flow folder
o contact list
o member group (of a workspace)
o address book
In its Web-based user interface, BSCW displays the contents of container objects in pages that share a common basic structure and functionality. The page of a folder may be taken as a model of these pages.
The HTML pages of folders, discussion forums or personal objects like the address book, the clipboard, etc. all have a two-part structure consisting of
o a header and
o a list of entries (the body).
The following sections describe the general structure and functionality of such pages using the folder page as an example. Note that the contents of portals and calendars are displayed differently.
The folder pages will automatically adapt to the width you choose for the browser window, so that essential functions are still accessible with a narrow browser window.