In my previous article I showed you how you can configure the SharePoint 2010 Rich Text Editor to help you do content authoring in a consistent fashion. We discussed what a Rich Text Editor should and should not allow to support consistent user experience within a website and how it can be done in SharePoint 2010. Although the configuration options of the Rich Text Editor in SharePoint 2010 allow you to achieve some neat results, it isn’t fool proof and this is exactly what we will discuss in this article: how to not only configure the RTE’s UI for consistent content authoring but also how to ensure that the authored content is consistent.
More and more frequently SharePoint is being used as the platform for Internet-facing websites. Not surprisingly the latest version of SharePoint is greatly improved making it event better solution for creating public websites. Although Microsoft did a great job in the Web Content Management area of SharePoint there are still a few shortcomings, one of which are custom ‘Page not found (404)’ pages. Find out how to do things right when moving your website to the SharePoint platform.
Developing Web Content Management (WCM) solutions on the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 platform was really challenging. And I’m not talking here about taking care of delivering web standards compliant XHTML, implementing accessibility or making the website lightning fast. I’m talking about the development process itself: from creating the very first custom Site Column to deploying the Solution. There were several tools, none of which fully integrated with Visual Studio or provided a consistent approach. At the end of the day we – SharePoint 2007 developers, became wizards doing the magic of manual tips & tricks and combination of various tools every day just to get the job done. Just recently, when SharePoint 2010 shipped, Microsoft provided us with the new Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Developer Tools. And although they are called tools, they are more than that. In fact Microsoft provided us with a framework for building developer tools. A new era has come.
SharePoint 2010 ships with a new User Interface framework that allows you to easily create rich user experiences. While developing custom solutions one of the challenges is to communicate long-running operations with the user: after all there is nothing more annoying than a non-responsive UI. Find out how the new UI framework of SharePoint 2010 supports communicating the progress notifications to users.