Entries in JQuery (8)


Banner with Quick Access to Search a SP2010 List

This is a quick piece of script and HTML that I threw together to help make it easier for our users to search a list or library in SharePoint when they were on a view page. Once added to your environment you can add this to the top of any view and it will both display the name of the list in the banner and dynamically set itself up to search the list/library that the hosting view lives on.

There is a search control included in SharePoint but this saved a few steps (clicks) we thought might be critical in getting people to use search more often and it makes for a nice custom banner to boot. With a little tweaking you can further change the banner text, the control's watermark and the banner image. With a few small changes this could also have the scope set to the site instead of a list.

All of the code, images and documentation for deployment is in the accompanying .zip file. Let me know in the comments if you have further suggestions.




Metro-Style Easy Tabs for SharePoint 2010

This is an item I flashed a development iteration of to the group in my Richmond SharePoint Saturday presentation and have since cooked up what is called 'V2' of the effort but is really the first version that I've made available. This approach just simplifies the initial version by making the tile's images all the same, though I did add a dynamic element to the colors. I'm not yet sure if that is a good idea, so I have instructions below to turn that off if you'd like. This is all based on the brilliant client-side Easy Tabs script that I just modified and simplified for the new visual style.

You can deploy these as you would 'normal' Easy Tabs for SP, my instructions for using the original script are here though you'll want the new code as it is not in that package:

Want to kill the random tile colors? Yeah, can't say I blame you...

Edit line #108 in the file from this:

var colorNumber = 1 + Math.floor(Math.random() * 9); // random start 1-9

to this (where the '1' can be any number from 1 to 9) :

var colorNumber = 1;

I may make more versions of this, including one allowing for a single color for the tiles.  Let me know if there is a feature that you might like that I should consider.  I'm not sure yet how to reliably incorporate custom images per tab (that make sense to the tab's context) without the end user editing the script and violating the plug and play goal here.

This version looks like the above screenshot with both a hover effect and a visualization for selected items.  Over-n-out.


A Fresh Visualization for SharePoint Calendars with SPServices

This is a set of scripts that can be dropped into a SharePoint 2010 deployment to allow for an alternate view of calendar lists.

There was also a request to color cancelled items that the user had on the calendar so I've left that code in there. The widget display start and end times as well as alter the behavior for those events that span days. I also added CAML support so you can provide your own query to it if you want or just you the built-in default. There is a separate CSS file to do your own styling and a few images that I use. One is optional and controlled by the arguments to the script.

I chose to set this up to live in our farm's common repository and be called relatively easily from any page so you see 2 files here, one being the LoadCalendarWidget function and the other being the code we drop into a page to create the calendar control. Options/args you pass to the function are:

  1. Site's URL, no end '/' character
  2. List name
  3. Title to appear for the webpart
  4. GUID of your calendar list
  5. # of results to show
  6. Optional CAML query to use
  7. Indicator to show icon or use 'Add to Outlook' text instead

If you want to keep it simple and not place file directly on your farm's servers, the zipped package below has all of the files needed and is just about ready-to-use for a dirt-simple deployment.  There is a PDF included that contains instructions on use that are a little more detailed than in the posting that follows.

Download all code and images used here.

This is the code we call to create the control. I house this in a text file in a library and add to the page in a CEWP as the 'Content Link'.

<!-- jQuery -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="https://myfarm/_layouts/1033/jquery.SPServices-0.7.2.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="https://myfarm/_layouts/1033/jquery.dateFormat.js"></script>
<!-- Calendar Widget -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="https://myfarm/_layouts/1033/jquery.SPS.Calendar_Widget-1.0.js"></script>
<link href="/_layouts/1033/styles/Calendar_Widget.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" />
<script language = "javascript">
	$(document).ready(function() {		
		LoadCalendarWidget("https://myfarm/hr/", "Upcoming HR Events Calendar", "Event Calendar", "{B7FE9372-9724-4504-9699-DEDD445B1BA3}", 8, ,true);	
<div id="cw_TopContainer" style="margin-bottom:15px;"><div id="cw_HeaderContainer"><table style="width:100%;"><tr><td><span id="cw_HeaderTitle"></span></td><td style="text-align:right;"><a id="cw_HeaderLink" href="#" >Calendar View</a></td></tr></table></div><div id="cw_ItemsContainer" /></div>

And this is the function. I put it in our 14 hive for access across the farm, you put it where you want, just make sure the script source in the code above points to where you dropped this.

// - jquery-1.8.0.js or higher
// - jquery.SPServices-0.7.2.min.js or higher
// - jquery.dateFormat.js

function LoadCalendarWidget(cw_SiteUrl, cw_ListName, cw_ListNameForHeader, cw_EncodedListGuid, cw_ReturnRowCount, cw_CAML , cw_ShowIcon)
	// USAGE: --------------
	// cw_SiteUrl = "https://myfarm/hr/"; // Site's URL, no end '/' character
	// cw_ListName = "HR Events Calendar"; // List name
	// cw_ListNameForHeader = "Upcoming HR Events";  // what will appear in webpart
	// cw_EncodedListGuid = "{B7FE9372-9724-4504-9699-DEDD445B1BA3}";  // GUID of your calendar list
	// cw_ReturnRowCount = 15;  // # of results 
	// cw_CAML = Your optional CAML query
	// cw_ShowIcon = true;  // false will use 'Add to Outlook'

	var cw_ListUrlForHeader = cw_SiteUrl + '/lists/' + cw_ListName;
	var cw_IcsEventPath = cw_SiteUrl + "/_vti_bin/owssvr.dll?CS=109&Cmd=Display&List=" + cw_EncodedListGuid + "&CacheControl=1&Using=event.ics&ID=";
	var cw_ListItemDetailPath = cw_SiteUrl + "/Lists/" + cw_ListName + "/DispForm.aspx?ID=";
	var cw_CamlQuery = "";
	if (cw_CAML.length < 2) {
		cw_CamlQuery = "<Query><Where><Geq><FieldRef Name='EventDate' /><Value IncludeTimeValue='TRUE' Type='DateTime'><Today/></Value></Geq></Where></Query>";}
	else { cw_CamlQuery = cw_CAML; }

	// format header info
	$('#cw_HeaderTitle').html(cw_ListNameForHeader);  // title
	$('#cw_HeaderLink').attr('href',cw_ListUrlForHeader); // link
		operation: "GetListItems",
		webURL: cw_SiteUrl, 
		listName: cw_ListName,
		async: false,
		CAMLRowLimit: cw_ReturnRowCount,
		CAMLQuery: cw_CamlQuery,	 
		completefunc: function (xData, Status) {							
		   $(xData.responseXML).SPFilterNode("z:row").each(function() {				
				var cw_id = ($(this).attr("ows_ID"));
				var cw_title = ($(this).attr("ows_Title"));
					if(cw_title.length == 0) {cw_title = 'No event title.';}
				// By request, if an item is canceled, make that fact stand out.
				cw_title = cw_title.replace("Deleted:","<span class='cw_canceled'>DELETED:</span> ");
				cw_title = cw_title.replace("DELETED:","<span class='cw_canceled'>DELETED:</span> ");
				cw_title = cw_title.replace("Cancelled:","<span class='cw_canceled'>CANCELLED:</span> ");
				cw_title = cw_title.replace("CANCELLED:","<span class='cw_canceled'>CANCELLED:</span> ");
				// Clean up date formats				
				var cw_startdateday = 		$.format.date(($(this).attr("ows_EventDate")), "M/d/yyyy");
				var cw_startdatetime = 		$.format.date(($(this).attr("ows_EventDate")), "h:mm a");
				var cw_startdate = 			cw_startdateday + ' - ' + cw_startdatetime;
				var cw_enddateday = 		$.format.date(($(this).attr("ows_EndDate")), "M/d/yyyy");
				var cw_enddatedaytime = 	$.format.date(($(this).attr("ows_EndDate")), "h:mm a");
				var cw_enddate = 			cw_enddateday + ' - ' + cw_enddatedaytime
				var cw_CX = '<div class="cw_item">';
				if(cw_startdateday == cw_enddateday)  // single day event
					cw_CX += '<table width="100%" cellpadding="0">';
					cw_CX += '<tr><td colspan="2"><a href="' + cw_ListItemDetailPath + cw_id + '" target="_new" class="cw_title">' + cw_title + '</a></td></tr>';					
					cw_CX += '<tr><td><span class="cw_time">' + cw_startdateday + ' ' + cw_startdatetime + ' to ' + cw_enddatedaytime +'</span></td>';
					cw_CX += '<td align="right" valign="top"><a href="' + cw_IcsEventPath + cw_id + '" target="_new">';					
					if(cw_ShowIcon) {
						cw_CX += '<img src="FARM/Images/add_item.png" class="cw_addIcon" title="Add to Outlook Calendar" /></a></td></tr>'; 
					else { cw_CX += '[Add to Outlook]</a></td></tr>'; }						
					cw_CX += '</table>';
				else // multi day event
					cw_CX += '<table width="100%" cellpadding="0">';
					cw_CX += '<tr><td colspan="2"><a href="' + cw_ListItemDetailPath + cw_id + '" target="_new" class="cw_title">' + cw_title + '</a></td></tr>';					
					cw_CX += '<tr><td><span class="cw_time">Start:' + cw_startdate + '</span></td><td align="right" rowspan="2" valign="top"><a href="' + cw_IcsEventPath + cw_id + '" target="_new">';
					if(cw_ShowIcon) {
						cw_CX += '<img src="https://cbhq.cbh.com/_layouts/images/myelite2/cal/add_item.png" class="cw_addIcon" title="Add to Outlook Calendar" /></a></td></tr>';
					else { cw_CX += '[<a href="' + cw_IcsEventPath + cw_id + '" target="_new">Add to Outlook]</a></td></tr>'; }						
					cw_CX += '<tr><td><span class="cw_time">End:' + cw_enddate + '</span></td></tr>';
					cw_CX += '</table>';				
				cw_CX += '</div>';
				$("#cw_ItemsContainer").append(cw_CX); // insert into DOM						
		   }); // -- $(xData.responseXML).find   
		} // -- completefunc
   }); // -- $().SPServices({
} // -- LoadCalendarWidget()

Easy Scroll-Aware Hovering HTML Container with jQuery

I needed a quick and easy way to have a container hover on the side of a page and update with details as the user selected options. This is a simple, jQuery-based approach to doing so. Note that the portion at the end is included if you are needing to fire the positioning from a repost in asp.net, in this instance I needed to do so as the floating container was only displayed and filled via an async event when the user selected their first item.

	#oHeader {height:200px;width:100%;background:lightyellow;margin-bottom:20px;} /* Not needed */
	#oAnchorObject {height:2000px;width:450px;background:lightgreen;} /* Not needed */
	#oSidebar {position:fixed;left:500px;border:1px solid #ff0000;padding:40px} /* Position and left or right value needed */

<script src="jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
	$(document).ready(function () {
	$(window).scroll(function () {
	function RepositionCard() {
			var eTop = $('#oAnchorObject').offset().top;
			if (eTop - $(window).scrollTop() <= 1) {
				$("#oSidebar").css("top", 0);
			else {
				$("#oSidebar").css("top", eTop - $(window).scrollTop());
		catch(err) {}


<div id="oHeader">
	Here is some header content to show how the locking works

<div id="oAnchorObject">
	Here is your large content block to which the sidebar will orient

<div id="oSidebar">
	This will hover/stick

Optional for firing the client event after ajax postback from C#, use in page load where needed:

ScriptManager.RegisterClientScriptBlock(Page, typeof(Page), "MyScript", "RepositionCard();", true);

Making SharePoint look like a million bucks on a shoestring budget - Part II

AKA the sexy, animated, customizable alerts bar you can have for 6 bucks.

In the second installment of our using jQuery, SPS and some inexpensive UI controls we implement a beautiful, customizable alerts/notification bar for SharePoint, driven off of a SharePoint list that'll set you back $6 and take your lunch hour to implement.  Very little configuration is needed to get you up and rolling here and, staying true to a tennant of this series, there is no requirement to install any invasive files (solutions) on your server or farm.  

As shown here it will handle multiple alerts being active at the same time and will default to a generic theme if there is more than one alert.  What you do not see here is the slick behavior of this notification bar and the options it exposes, see a demo of all that the bar does here.

First a few Resources needed:
  • The notification bar ($6), officially named 'FooBar - A jQuery Notification Bar'
  • jQuery (consider putting this reference in your master page)
  • SPServices (also consider putting this reference in your master page) 
SharePoint List:
I created a simple custom list (System Alerts) with the following columns, if you use other names just reflect that in lines 36-38, if you don't know the ows_X field name uncomment line 23 to see.
  • IsActive - a yes/no data type
  • Theme - String datatype, required - I made this a choice and provided canned options
  • Message - Multiple lines of text datatype, plaintext or not
The code below:
This I dropped into a text file and just added to a page via a CEWP letting me choose on which pages this is displayed, in our case just the home page.  Note the mention of an image as part of the theme, you can whip your own up or just remove the text in line 85 (and comma in 84 then).  The screenshot above shows how nice this looks with a good image though.
<style> <!-- A few canned styles, go nuts here -->
	.foobar_darktext{ font-weight:bold; color:black; }
	.foobar_lighttext{ font-weight:bold; color:white; }	
<!-- For jQuery -->
	<script type="text/javascript" src="/_layouts/1033/jquery.SPServices.min.js"></script>
	<script type="text/javascript" src="/_layouts/1033/jquery.min.js"></script>
<!-- For Foobar -->
	<script type='text/javascript' src='/_layouts/1033/jquery.foobar.min.js'></script>
	<link href='/_layouts/1033/styles/jquery.foobar.css' type='text/css' rel='stylesheet' />

<script language = "javascript">
		operation: "GetListItems",
		webURL: "https://YOUR_SHAREPOINT_SITE",    
		async: false,
		listName: "YOUR_LIST_NAME",
		completefunc: function (xData, Status) 
			//alert("Response from server: " + xData.responseText); // helpful for debug
			var output = "";
			var iCounter = 0;
			var arrPayload = [];
			var szBackHexColor = '';
			var szAppliedStyle = '';
			var szPathAlertImage = 'https://SOME_SHAREPOINT_PATH/AlertImages/';
			var szFullPathAlertImage = '';
			$(xData.responseXML).find("[nodeName='z:row']").each(function() { 
				var szContent = ($(this).attr("ows_Message"));				
				var bIsActive = ($(this).attr("ows_IsActive"));
				var szTheme = ($(this).attr("ows_Theme"));				
				if(bIsActive == 1)
					switch(szTheme) // set theme options
						case 'Theme A':
							szBackHexColor = '#ffcc00';
							szAppliedStyle = 'foobar_darktext';
							szFullPathAlertImage = szPathAlertImage + 'Achtung.png';							
						case 'Theme B':
							szBackHexColor = '#CAF87A';
							szAppliedStyle = 'foobar_darktext';
							szFullPathAlertImage = szPathAlertImage + 'Danger Will Robinson.png';	
					szFullPathAlertImage = '<img style=\' padding:0px 0 0 7px; \' src= \'' + szFullPathAlertImage + '\' />';
					iCounter++;  // increment
			if(iCounter > 1) // to prevent conflicting themes, make this a generic visual
				szBackHexColor = '#ffcc00';
				szAppliedStyle = 'foobar_darktext';
				szFullPathAlertImage = szPathAlertImage + 'Generic Alert.png';			
			if(iCounter > 0) 
					"positioning" : "fixed",
					"display" : "delayed",
					"displayDelay" : 2000,
					"messagesDelay" : 5000,
					"messagesScrollSpeed": 50,
					"messagesScrollDelay": 2000,
					"messageClass" : szAppliedStyle,
					"fontColor" : szFontHexColor,
					"backgroundColor" : szBackHexColor,
					"buttonTheme" : "long-arrow",
					"height" : 35,
					"enableShadow" : false,
					"messages" : arrPayload,
					"leftHtml": szFullPathAlertImage
<div id="x_container" />
Further fiddling:
Initially I set this up so that the user could specify the background color, the text color, select an image or provide a URL, etc. All of which are done the same way as the theme logic but we decided to simplify the user experince with themes rather than give them so many choices.  You can easily expand on this though.
Consider throwing a few bucks at the jQuery and/or SPServices teams via the donate links on their sites, they do good work and deserve some help. I am not affiliated with any of the groups/sites I steer you toward in these posts...