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…


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…


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…


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…


a few of my favorite things…

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time in ‘code view’ getting your page to look just right. In FrontPage 2003 we added a whole bunch of neat features to help users be more productive when editing code. One of my favorites is the ‘Select tag’ feature – by placing your cursor on…


The Office

Today was our annual company meeting and all in all I had a great time. That despite my natural inclination to be cynical about rah-rah sis boom bah :^>. It was cool to see the wave of products nearing completion – I definitely have techolust for xbox360, vista and msn11. Since it was a little…


I heart lists

During my time here on FrontPage (coming on 3.5 years!), I’ve spent most of my waking hours on features that help users build dynamic web applications for SharePoint. Now, it wouldn’t surprise me if many of you haven’t even heard of SharePoint – it’s kinda new and in its present incarnation mainly focused on large…

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ok go

Let’s get this thing rolling. My name is Alex Malek; I’m a Program Manager on the FrontPage team. I already know what your first question is – no, FrontPage doesn’t mess up your code anymore ;>. But seriously, I hope to use this blog to talk about the cool stuff going on at Microsoft, particularly…