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Displaying a rich text field in a view

There’s a couple of 3rd party products out there..

But the simplest way to do this is to use a DVWP and convert the field to a label

200 Countries, 200 Years

  Mark Miller     from NothingButSharePoint, spoke at tonights’s SharePoint NYC User Group’s meeting and discussed amoung other things, future graphing methods, such as this:

More about this programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wgq0l
Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before – using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810,

 Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.  Nobody can say statistics is boring after this!

Working with CSS files.

I’ve been working with some complicated pages in SharePoint where there’s just too many CSS styles on the page.

Ever doing some digging on the internet, I found this tool, v. useful.

Firefox Developer add on

Of course you need Firefox installed. 🙂

This add on has many neat tricks such is identifying fields that are validated and dead links

But if you want to find the CSS style of a web part or control, Do the following steps:

1. Open Fire fox

2. 2.Go to the SharePoint page

3. 3. On the Firefox tool bar, go to Tools, Web Developer, CSS, view Style Information


Now the browser has a box navigator, where you can click on the page and css styles are shown.

Very useful to avoid the hunt and pecking in a css file

To get the colors use this web site.

The cascading style sheet

The concept of a cascading style sheet, is to change the look and feel of an entire web site, by making changes to a single file propagate an entire site..
Most SharePoint portals I see, doesn’t use a cascading style sheet (css).
The SharePoint technology does have a similar functionality, with the master pages and site themes.

If css are to be used, how and where should they be used?
Firstly, a CSS needs to be designed with the desired look and feel. This could be done by graphic design firm or Interdyn.

Then the design needs to be applied to every page of the site and component of the site, by InterDyn.

Summary

CSS are particularly useful, if a site is being rebranded every couple of years, or there are always additional HTML pages being added, which is not the case with most SharePoint site web sites.

If you feel the site will need to be re branded every couple of years, which is not a bad thing, then a CSS style sheet is required.

However, in any corporate intranet, content is king. This is what brings people back again.