What I’m working on

Just a quick heads-up on what you can expect on my blog and demo site in the weeks to come:

Image rotator: there’s been a lot of interest around my Image Rotator, and I have received several enhancement requests. I am going to push a couple of them into the script generator, and for the rest I’ll publish some advice on how to tweak the code. I am also thinking about creating an XSLT version for the XML Web Part.

Easy Tabs: also a big success. Well, I love them too, and I put them all over the place in my demo site! I’ll publish some explanations on how to customize their look.

Calendars: I need to work on my demo page, to showcase all the customizations described in my blog, and add some more. I am also thinking about building a script generator.

jQuery: several upcoming demos – mostly proofs of concept for now, the tutorials may come later.

HTML calculated column: this method opens up endless possibilities, and I’ll publish a few more examples. Also, people tend to restrict its scope to color coding, so I’ll try to show other applications.

iframes: displaying a list or calendar in another site/site collection/SharePoint server, resizing the Page Viewer Web Part or the Excel Web Access Web Part, all these are popular but difficult topics. I have answers, but some more testing is needed.

Guest posts: if one of my articles helped create a breakthrough in the way you use SharePoint, I’d love to hear your story, and I’ll be happy to work with you on a guest post for my blog. Thanks for sharing!

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13 thoughts on “What I’m working on

  1. Pingback: What I'm Working On: Christophe Humbert | End User SharePoint

  2. Works great – one avenue for improvement – don’t cache all photos at once, to speed up load time.

    • Thanks for the comment, Eric, but…I am not sure what you’re referring to. Are you talking about the image rotator? AFAIK it doesn’t load all photos at once.

  3. In reference to ‘Color’ calendar. We are currently using WSS and will be upgrading to MOSS Aug 09. I’m still having problems with adding color to my calendars. We want to use the following:
    Green – Military Training, Yellow – Conference/VTC/Meeting, Blue – Hospital Training
    Yes, I work in a military hospital. Thanks,

  4. Christophe, thanks for your work on the TextToHTML solution. That plus inspiration from a EUSP screencast let me code up a media center solution using Lytebox.

    I use calculated columns all the time to create HTML statements and the media center was just one of my uses. I don’t really use them for color-coding, though…I suppose I could.

    Thanks again and I look forward to reading more of your work.

  5. Pretty cool post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say
    that I have really liked reading your blog posts. Anyway
    I’ll be subscribing to your blog and I hope you post again soon!

  6. Hi,

    Great work! It was impossible to find an easy to use photo viewer code. Do you mind it if people leverage your code on their company sites? Not to sell, just to use?

    • Thanks George. Visit my SharePoint User Toolkit, you’ll find the licenses for each solution. Usually MIT (=feel free to reuse/leverage at your own risk). And you’re always welcome to send me an article if you have improved the solution!

  7. Hi Christophe!

    First – FANTASTIC site! I’m a novice-level SharePoint user (I really only knew how to add docs and folders to SharePoint up until I was given my most recent work assignment). I am not really tech-talk savy so I really appreciate that you explain the methods so us novices can understand :0p…

    Second – I’m looking for a little help (or direction to a how-to article on your site). I’m working on my department’s SharePoint site. I have a “main” site (we’ll call it “ABCD/”) that I want to be the place where I can add updates and they filter out to the other ‘sub’ sites (we’ll call them “ABCD/1234” and “ABCD/5678”). So here’s a couple questions:

    When I created the subsites (which are only accesible by the quick-launch bar – I changed the URLs to point to the new subsites when I created them), I used the main site as a template. However, items like the calendar (I used your mini-calendar tutorial to create a small right-side calendar) on “ABCD/1234” doesn’t update with the new appointments from “ABCD/”. I’m confused on what to add to the mini calendar script to not only keep it small, but also get the info from the main calendar on the “ABCD/” site.

    I also created one top-tab site called “ABCD/management” and I wanted the announcements which were entered here to flow down into the “ABCD/” main page into a special “management’s announcements” webpart (NOT to replace the “ABCD/” general announcements webpart). I also would want the mgmt announcements to flow back to the mgmt tab if they were edited in the main “ABCD/” site.

    Also, if possible, is there a way to create an “Updates” webpart on the “ABCD/” main site that updates when any info on the other pages update…I know I could probably manually create the update in the announcements tab, but is there a script that will allow me to create a button (or something) to update the announcements webpart on the main “ABCD/” site?

    That’s it right now…I appreciate any help you can give me :0)

    Thank you!
    Megan Haithcock

    • Megan, welcome to the world of SharePoint!…and its limitations. You’re actually asking for a lot here, and you’ll see that communicating between sites or site collections is not easy.
      Your best bet is to use SharePoint forums, like Stump the Panel and SharePoint Overflow. Break your objectives into smaller chunks, and seek help there. Remember to tell people which version of SharePoint you’re working with.
      Good luck!

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