User interface of the mobile portal

The user interface of the mobile portal takes into account the limited size of mobile devices and offers fewer details and actions than the standard user interface.


Folders and related container objects are represented as simple listings. If present, some ad­ditional details like a description are indicated below an entry (configurable via [Edit Pre­fer­ences] on the portal page). For each object, at least type icon and name are given. Navi­ga­tion in a folder hierarchy is done by selecting one of the subfolders presented. When opening a folder, its contents are again represented as a list. You get one level higher up in the hier­archy by clicking the back button in the upper left-hand corner. The button portal takes you back to the mobile portal.

Listings like that of a folder or an event history only show a certain number of entries (the number is configurable via [Edit Preferences]). If a list contains more than the maximal num­ber of entries to be shown, you can work your way through the complete list by using the but­tons previous and next in the lower navigation bar.


In addition to the list view of folders, also the details of such objects are offered when you click the details button at the right-hand end of an entry. With objects that con­tain no other objects like documents or contacts, also a click on the name of the entry opens the details page.

The details page is similar to the info page of the standard user interface. In addition to gen­er­al information it offers further details like specific attributes, members and event history (as far as available). The respective tabs are placed at the bottom of the details page.

General: General information like name, date of last modification or path to the object plus actions on the objects (if any).

Attributes: Object specific attributes like document metadata and user-defined attrib­utes.

Members/Participants: List of members with access to the folder or participants of an appointment, respectively.

History: Event history of the object.

If you have sufficient access rights to change the object shown, you may use the different tabs to change e.g. name, tags or description, to change specific attributes like document metadata or to invite new members and remove existing ones.

Changes are made using [edit Edit] at the right-hand end of the navigation bar on the details page. You may switch tabs during editing. Editing has to be confirmed by click­ing the [OK] button in the upper right-hand corner. Editing may be aborted by clicking the back button in the upper left-hand corner.


In addition to editing object attributes and managing membership, further actions are offered at the mobile user interface.

You may create new objects using the new button at the right-hand end of the upper navi­gation bar. Select an object from the list of object types that you may create. Further interaction works similarly to the standard user interface.

All other actions are only offered on the details page via buttons in the upper part of the “Gen­er­al” tab. If more than two actions are possible, you get to the second and further actions by clicking the [Actions] button. After clicking on an action button, the further interaction works similarly to the standard user interface.

At the mobile user interface you only have a limited number of actions at your disposal as com­pared to the standard user interface. As detailed above, you may create new objects, but the number of object types that may be created at the mobile user interface is restricted to folders, documents, URLs, contact lists and discussion forums. You can change, cut, delete, copy and paste existing objects, but you may, e.g., not change the ac­cess rights of an object at the mobile user interface. You may add notes to most object types, if you have the respective access rights, and you may create your personal BSCW book­marks for most objects. Further actions possible and the respective restrictions are de­tail­ed when de­scribing the different domains of the mobile portal below.