Its amazing how easy it is to layout a screen for a web application using Microsoft Ligthswitch. The above picture shows that all you need are three layout container to have a detail-system-footer design in your screen. This is not just a silly example screen, this screen is used by one of my client to encode a Journal Voucher or an account adjustment to a Financial Management Information System.
Before I will go into the nuts and bolts of the detail-system-footer design, let me first explain the concept by showing you a sample Microsoft Access form design that uses the same concept.
The above picture is a rich Microsoft Access detail-system-footer designed form. Most of my Microsoft Access application, actually all of them, uses the detail-system-footer design, it is a proven design that can be use in tandem with the List-Detail UI data entry. The concept of the design is pretty simple: The detail displays the data, the system provides activity controls towards the displayed data, and lastly the footer informs the user about the status of the system.