Data View Conditional Formatting

One of the things XSLT makes really easy is “conditional formatting”, i.e. having parts of your view appear differently depending on some data condition. Quick example: let’s say you have a view of a “Product Sales” list, and you want to show a flag icon beside any product that’s sold more than 500 units. The…

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Wysiwyg XSLT Editing

We built the Data View on XSLT for a couple of important reasons: 1) We wanted there to be a “real” programming language under the covers, so that our users would never be limited by what our UI allowed, i.e. even if FrontPage can’t do something, you can always jump into code view and still…

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How the Data View uses XSLT

In my last post, I talked a little about XSLT – how it can be used to mix data from an XML file with HTML markup, thus producing a web page presentation for that data. This is fundamentally how the Data View Web Part works. When the Data View executes within an ASPX page, it…

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Quick and Dirty XSLT Primer

…From the Open Internet Lexicon: “A Transformation Language to convert XML/XSL documents into HTML suitable for a browser to display.” Personally, I like to think of it as language that sucks data from an XML file into an HTML file :). Here’s a quick example that demonstrates how XSLT can be used in combination with…

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Data View formatting: the basics

I’m very happy to say that formatting a Data View works exactly the way you’d expect/want – you simply select the field you want to format, use the HTML formatting toolbar and voila: ‘it just works’. a quick example: let’s say you wanted to highlight the Title field in yellow. First you would select that field…

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creating your first Data View

Now that I’ve introduced the Data View web part, I’d like to give you a quick demo of how easy it is to add one of these data-driven views to a web page… -> The main entry point for creating Data Views is the top-level menu called Data, which is a new menu to FP…

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a story of data and views

As I mentioned previously, my main area of focus on FrontPage is features that help users build applications for SharePoint. The cornerstone of our app creation experience in FP 2003 is a little thing we call the ‘Data View’ web part. You can think of the Data View as a Swiss army knife for creating…

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list editing gone wild

In my last post, I mentioned the neato ‘Datasheet’ view that comes with SharePoint. I’m sure this is old hat to many of you out there, but on the off chance you haven’t played with it, the Datasheet is definitely worth checking out. In a nutshell, the Datasheet is a special view that lets you…

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The case of the missing ‘Insert Hyperlink’ button

Adding content through the SharePoint browser-UI is generally workable (especially if you use the super cool ‘data sheet’ view), but it lacks some of the richer formatting options that one finds in most modern browser-based content editors, such as the Hotmail editor. For me, the most frustrating missing feature is support for rich hyperlinks, i.e. allowing…

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