Adding Indian Rupee Symbol into Lotus Sametime Chat (Instant Messaging)

In my previous post, I talked about Lotus Notes Client’s extensibility and provided a way for an add-in to contribute a menu option in Notes so a user can quickly add “Indian Rupee” symbol   into any Notes document.    I am sure as you start to use the new Rupee Symbol, you will want to also add it when you are chatting with your colleague using the Lotus Sametime client.  Beauty is that the Lotus Sametime Client is also a client which can be customized, by adding what we call “Plugins”.

Thanks to Bidisha Ghosh, who was able to create a plugin for the Sametime Client.  Once you have installed this plugin, you will see a button in the ST Chat, like below:

This does require you to have Sametime Client 8.0 or later, or am embedded sametime client within your Notes Client (Standard Client).    Here are the instructions on how you can download this plugin and install it in your sametime environment.

Find the ZIP file at ->

First download this file, and unzip it on your hard-disk.  (let’s assume you unzipped it at c:\rupee)

If you are using Standalone Sametime Client Version 8.0 or higher)

  1. Select “Tools->Plugins-> Install Plugins” menu option
  2. select “Search for new features to install”
  3. Select “Add Folder location” and provide the folder where you unzipped the above file (e.g c:\rupee)
  4. click on “Finish”
  5. In the next dialog, select the “checkbox” and again go through the dialogs, selecting “I agree” to complete the installation.
  6. Restart the Sametime Client to get this Rupee Symbol.

Similar steps need to be done if you are using integrated Sametime Client in the Standard Version of the Notes Client.   First you need to enable the Installation Option to install the plugin.  Do the following:

1) Browse to <note_install_directory>/framework/rcp/plugin_customization.ini
2) In the plugin_customization.ini file add the following line and save.
3) Start up your Notes client.
4) Select the File -> Application -> Install menu option to install the plugin (Follow the same steps as above)

Happy Chatting!!


Adding Rupee Symbol into a Lotus Notes Document

Notes, as we know it, is a platform rather than a specific application.  That, in itself, adds to the complexity to the Notes Client.  When I ask people what Notes Client is, they say it’s Mail, Calendar, and bunch of other Databases.  But really if you combine it all, it’s a platform, on which applications like Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Discussion Database are built.  I will try to elaborate more in my blog in the coming Months.  And show the power of this which can be exploited by everyone.  I would like to start off my blog showing a simple and very useful add-on to the Notes Client.

Every Indian is excited and proud to have a symbol for the Indian Currency, which is “Rupee”.  Until now, there was no symbol, and most people used to write “Rs” before the amount.  Well, thanks to the government and IIT professor, we now have a new symbol which people can use when referring to Rupees.  This is image

Now, until we have a FONT which includes this character and the keystrokes assigned to it, and then getting those fonts downloaded on each windows machine, we are stuck with trying to find ways on how we can add this to our documents.  Given Notes’s programming model and ease of adding a new extension, I just created a simple “add-in:, which once installed into your Notes Client, will allow you to add the Rupee Symbol within any Document.  Here are the steps to do this:

  1. Copy the ZIP file from here ->  Add Rupee Notes Add-in , and UNZIP the contents into your Notes Install Directory  (if you don’t know what this is, right-click on your Notes Client launch icon on your desktop, and select “Properties” which will tell you where the program is coming from.  )
  2. Edit your “notes.ini” file (this is also typically in your Notes Install Directory).  You can use “Notepad” to edit it.
  3. Search for “addinmenus”  in this file.
  4. If the line exists, add “,addrupee.dll” to the end of this line
  5. If the line does NOT exist, add “addinmenus=addrupee.dll”   line at the end of “notes.ini” file and hit ENTER

That’s it.  Once this is done, exit out of Notes and re-enter.  Now in any document in a rich-text field (like the Body of your memo you are creating), click on “Action” menu and you will have a new menu option called “Add Rupee Symbol”.

Select it to add the symbol into your document.

About Me!

Hi All,

It’s been a long time since I am thinking of starting my own Blog.  Just getting to it now finally.  I know there are a large number of blogs on the Lotus Notes/Domino and the Lotus Collaboration Suite of products.  Why would I want to get another one that talks about the same.  Well, I am going to try and see if I can add a different flavor to it.

Along with giving out periodic information about the Lotus portfolio, concentrating on the Notes/Domino product line, I would like to see if I can give it a growth market flavor, with India as a backdrop.  I have been working in IBM India for the past 6 years, and working with Indian Customers have given me some insights into what their expectations are and how they differ from the customers in the developed countries like the US and Europe.  I hope to shed some light and tailor my blog to the customers & users in the growth market regions like India, China.  Hope I succeed in this.  As I continue to blog, I would love to get feedback from all of you, so feel free to comment and let me know how I am doing with my goal.

Quick Summary of my professional career:

Spent most of my professional career in 2 companies (well maybe more, if you count subsidiaries)

Data General Corp – primarily worked on their Word Processor Software
IBM Corporation – Lotus Notes

Joined Iris Associates – original developers of Lotus Notes (which was then a subsidiary of Lotus) in April 1995,
May 1995 – IBM buys out Lotus
Jan 2003 – Moved to IBM India to work at IBM Software Lab, India
Aug 2006 – Promoted to STSM (Senior Technical Staff Member)

Areas of Expertise:

Lotus Notes Client Development since release 4.6  (currently working on 8.5.3+)
Integration of Notes Client in Expeditor/Eclipse framework
Major UI enhancements in the Notes Client