Imtech Random Image and Imtech Site Members (Free Web Parts)

Imtech Random Image Web Part displays randomly chosen Image. The Web Part takes as parameters URL of the Image Library containing images you would like to display. It is also possible to input multiple URL's separated by comma. Additional parameters you can set are: image width and height, in-line CSS style (like border, etc.), image link (you can make image point to the library where all the images are being shown) and the alternate text.

Using ~SiteCollection prefix in SharePoint CSS files

Using CSS files is the recommended way for incorporating the chrome in a SharePoint WCM solution. Among the various definitions of the layout pieces there are also images' references. Each such reference can be defined using an absolute of relative URL. As long as you use images in the same directory as the CSS file there is no problem at all: you can manage all the paths easily by simply using one of the URL kinds. Unfortunately a problem occurs when you would like to use images from other directories for example the PublishingImages folder. They should be referenced via relative URLs. Using absolute URLs results in problems when a Site Collection doesn't reside in the root or /sites directory. Also sharing a CSS file among different Site Collections isn't possible while using PublishingImages folder: there is no simple way to make the images' paths be defined dynamically based on the Site Collection calling the CSS file.

Dynamic CAML Query

In his recent post Robert J Wheeler has presented his way of dealing with building CAML queries dynamically. Here at Imtech ICT Business Solutions we use a slightly different approach.

Displaying SharePoint Fields in different order than edit fields

Some of our customers like to have the information displayed in a different way than the order of the fields within the Content Types: there is frankly a difference of the information meaning for their customers (visitors) and the Information Workers within the organization. As SharePoint 2007 ships with the in-place edit possibility it’s quite obvious that this is the recommended way to use for managing the data – especially when it comes to Information Workers who not necessarily have to have technical background. Implementing the required fields in the Page Layout seems to be the solution for this problem: both IW and visitors have the idea of the page will look after publishing.