When I first met with clearleft, to talk about them doing some front-end design work, I mentioned that I was proposing to build a solution based on Lotus Notes/Domino. The reply was something along the lines of "Isn't that email or something". Needless to say they've not worked with Domino before.
This to me is a good thing. They can design a site without having to worry about abiding by the dos and don'ts of Domino. Part of their process is planning the "information architecture". They can do this without even thinking about the form/view paradigm or categories and twisties. It's then down to me to make sure that Domino delivers the goods. Hopefully this separation from technology will help produce something ground-breaking as far as Domino goes.
Do they need to know anything about Domino though? I can't decide.
In the brief introduction I gave them to "my world" I talked about a couple of things. Firstly, that you can't change the doctype used, which affects the CSS used, as it means it has to be coded for quirks mode. Secondly, I talked about Domino's own HTML. That it likes to make all the HTML on its own. That it's possible to override this. That we can add to the Head and control content within the Body tag, but pretty much everything else it out of our hands.
What else would they possibly need to know? Maybe they should know that most pages will have a form element on them, even when it's not really needed. Again this can sometimes affect CSS-based layouts at the pixel level. To try and help them out I've created this PDF which shows the basic HTML that Domino spits out. To do this I created a Form with nothing on it whatsoever. This is a "best case scenario" for them to work with. What I can't decide is whether to show it to them or if I've missed anything off it.