Figure 7 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

top menu

contains the menus for creating and manipulating objects within the folder (or calen­dar, discussion forum, etc.). Details are given in 3.3 Actions.

The logout button

logout button

closes your BSCW session.

The action shortcut bar

action shortcuts

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 browse 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.

The navigation bar

navigation bar

specifies the location of the current object in your folder hierarchy as a path from your home folder to this very object: home: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 directly search your work­spaces. Type your search terms into the search field and hit search. The results will be pre­sented in a temporary search folder with the location of the objects found in their de­scription. In order to return to your previous workspace, hit home in the instant access bar.       
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 3.7 Search.

The banner


is empty by default; a banner consisting of text and graphics may be inserted individu­ally for each folder, if so desired (see 3.8.5 Banners).

The multi-selection toolbar

multi-selection toolbar

offers buttons for

      selecting select all or de-selecting select none all entries in the current page;

      enabling show subfolders or disabling hode subfolders 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 action 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.