SnTT: DocumentUniqueID is not unique enough for Dojo

Hurray, a Show and Tell Thursday posting. Long time no see. :)

I had the pleasure to integrate the Back-Button functionality provided by Dojo into an existing Lotus Notes/Domino Web-Application.

General - Documentation, Examples

Which is rather straight forward, if you read the documentation carefully and maybe take a look into the source code. A good place to start is also the test code for the functionality you need which you get if you download the „Non-obfuscated version for debugging”.

Dojo settings

I pulled all the debugging and the settings for the back-functionality into a separate JavaScript section, to make it more readable. This gets inserted into the „HTML Head Content” of the form (the field PDojoDBH holds the path to the Dojo library):

"<script language=\"JavaScript\" type=\"text/javascript\">" +  @NewLine +
"   var djConfig = {" +  @NewLine +
"      isDebug: true," +  @NewLine +
"      //debugAtAllCosts: true," +  @NewLine +
"      preventBackButtonFix: false, " +  @NewLine +
"      dojoIframeHistoryUrl: \"" + PDojoDBH + "dojo/resources/iframe_history.html\"" +  @NewLine +
"   }" +  @NewLine +
"</script>" +  @NewLine<

which outputs:

<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript">
    var djConfig = {
        isDebug: false,
        //debugAtAllCosts: true,
        preventBackButtonFix: false, 
        dojoIframeHistoryUrl: "/dojo.nsf$files/dojo/resources/iframe_history.html"


IE support

If you are, like me, using Firefox with the fabulous Firebug for web development, it is easy to forget about Microsofts Internet Explorer. Unfortunately, it still holds a major part of the market and we therefore have to support it. I spent a whole afternoon chasing a non-existent bug, as the Back-button worked in Firefox, but not in IE. I fixed it by taking a look at the source, which states (prominently):
        back.init = function(){
        //summary: Initializes the undo stack. This must be called from a <script> 
        //         block that lives inside the <body> tag to prevent bugs on IE.

So if you add a

<script type="text/javascript"> 

as „Pass-Through HTML” at the beginning of your form, the back-Button will also work in IE up to and including IE 7. IE 8 still has some problems.

Unique Identifier

In order for the Dojo back-button functionality to work, each entry in the browser history stack needs an unique fragment identifier. Now if you – like me – think, that the NotesDocumentID would be ideal for that, think again. If you navigate for example the sequence InitState, Doc3, Doc4, Doc3, Doc2 while using the DocID as a fragment identifier, you will never get back to the InitState, als the second and fourth entry in the history stack have the same fragment identifier/docID. So I switched from using the DocumentUniqueID to using the fragment identifiers, that Dojo automagically creates, if you set „changeUrl” to true.
IDDojoState = function(id) {
    this.stateData = id;
    this.changeUrl = true;

See the Dojo test-code for details.

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