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This is an XPage...

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "">
<html lang="en">
Hello World!</body>

With a custom Theme, RAD-generated Form suppression via a dropdown, and a single line of text in the, I now have complete control over my IBM Lotus Notes Domino XPage... and thus I have complete control over my apps. +1 for the future of the platform!

And here's the how-to:

  1. Step 1: Custom Theme

    Create a new theme. I called it custom, but the name doesn't really matter.

    Since you don't want to include the webstandard Stylesheets, you'll remove the extends="webstandard" attributes from the Theme, and save what is basically a blank Theme.

  2. Step 2: Using the Custom Theme

    From the Application Properties (in the XPages Tab), you'll set the custom Theme... which is now available via the Theme: dropdown/combobox.

  3. Step 3: Killing Dojo

    I'm not a huge fan of Dojo. Don't get me wrong, it's fine for RAD, but it can be overkill sometimes... so I tend to kill it.

    Add the following line to the of your NotesDatabase (available from the Package Explorer):


    (Note: You could have skipped step two and added the following line directly to the to define the Theme: xsp.theme=custom.theme.

  4. Step 4: Creating your no-Form XPage

    This one is simple, and can be done from either the Properties or the Source Panes.

    • Properties

      From the All Properties section of the XPage Properties, find the Basics\createForm Property and set it to false.

    • Source

      From the Source Pane, add the createForm="false" Attribute to the xp:view Node.

  5. Step 5: Hello World!

    Here's my oh-so-amazing XPage markup, so show you that there's no trickery involved:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <xp:view xmlns:xp="" createForm="false">

        Hello World!


Pretty simply, huh? With 5 (rather verbose) Steps, you can do in XPages what you could only do previously with unsupported hacks: have absolute and complete control over your NotesDatabase applications!

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