First of all Sandra de Ridder of Macaw will discuss the SharePoint User eXperience (UX). She will cover different aspects of the default SharePoint UX and will give us some tips on how the user experience of SharePoint solutions could be improved.
By now you should know how powerful the Content Query Web Part (CQWP) provided with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 is. If you’ve been following this blog for a while it should be really difficult to surprise you with cool new things you could do with nothing more than the standard CQWP. And yet, I think I make a good chance here: did you know that you can use the standard Content Query Web Part to create a tag cloud?
Probably every Web Content Management (WCM) solution out there uses some kind of content aggregation. No matter whether it’s showing the 5 most recent press releases, new job offers or upcoming events: presenting content roll-up to the visitors allows them to get to your content more easily.
How many times have you tried to generate a short preview out of a Rich HTML field using the Content Query Web Part (CQWP)? How many times did you end up making your customers using the Description field instead just because the CQWP doesn’t provide an out of the box mechanism for removing HTML markup? Guess what: it does.
Content Query Web Part (CQWP) is one of the coolest web parts available out of the box in MOSS 2007. Using nothing more than the standard functionality you can aggregate content available within your Site Collection. Additionally you can extend the CQWP by introducing new XSLT parameters and functions, what allows you to create pretty complex data presentation including paging.