Monthly Archives: May 2011

Issue with SharePoint Dutch Help content

Today, I was struggling with a SharePoint intranet, trying to get the Help working.

Starting from a standard English SharePoint Server installation, we installed Dutch, German and French. The intranet is running at a dutch customer, so all sites are created by default in dutch. Employees, working at offices abroad, can change the display language to their preferred language (English, German or French).

As a SharePoint consultant, I never tested the Help button (). Why should I? 😉
So that’s why the users found out the Help button couldn’t show the Help content. Why?!


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Using calculated column to display SharePoint calendar

Displaying a SharePoint calendar in your intranet/internet site is quite easy. You just add the calendar web part to the page and voilà!

Now, for the most columns in the calendar, this works just fine. To display a Yes for an All Day Event is an option. You don’t like it? Just remove the column from the view. But if you want to use and display All Day Events, the result can be annoying. Check this out:

See that begin and end time of the all day event? It start at 0:00 and ends at 23:59. Now that is pretty ugly to show to your website visitors, isn’t it?

So, what can you do?

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Opening and closing tags. Getting around XML rules of XSLT

Working with XSLT in SharePoint can make you come up with some ‘creative’ solutions to a problem.

When using the Content Query WebPart (CQWP), the XML data from a SharePoint list is passed to the CQWP XSLT template node by node. So if you want to render the data in a HTML table, you need to render a <table> tag before the first node with of data and close with a </table> tag after the last node with data. Unfortunately, XSLT doesn’t accept single opening or closing tags. Everything in XSLT must be opened and closed. An opening tag without a closing tag or vice versa is not allowed.

So you need to get creative…

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Cannot open PDF from SharePoint

On a number of occasions customers have asked me why they cannot open Acrobat PDF files in their browser from a SharePoint 2010 document library. When the URL for the PDF file is clicked, the browser only gives two options: ‘Save’ and ‘Cancel’.
There is no option given for ‘Open’ to open the document straight away.

This is not a client setting (which was my first thought).

There a setting in the General Settings of the Web Application that handles security headers when documents are opened in the browser. By default, this is set to ‘Strict’.

Changing this to ‘Permissive’ will give the users the option to open the document straight from the browser.


Please note: whether the PDF opens in the browser or in a separate Acrobat clientapp is still a client setting 🙂

Ernst Wolthaus

Rubicon, a great place to work

Ik werk als SharePoint consultant bij Rubicon in Vianen. Rubicon is een IT leverancier, gefocust op innovatieve technologische oplossingen, project management en managed services. Als senior IT consultants, hebben we bij Rubicon een diepgaande kennis  van  het Microsoft Applicatie Platform (CRM, Business Intelligence, SharePoint, C#.NET, SilverLight, SQL, OCS, Server technologies, etc.).

Ik heb bij diverse organisaties gewerkt, groot en klein, maar de wijze waarop Rubicon de focus legt op professionele en sociale waarden geeft voor mij de meerwaarde.

Rubicon is niet je gemiddelde IT provider. Kernwaarden zijn kwaliteit en betrouwbaarheid.We zijn trots op de manier waarop we hoogwaardige technologie bij de klant implementeren, volgens afspraak, volgens specificaties en met oog voor kwaliteit. Dat maakt dat Rubicon boven het maaiveld uitsteekt.

De Rubicon organisatie is zich ook bewust van de sociale en ethische verantwoordelijkheden. Omzet en winst zijn niet de enige KPI’s die er toe doen. Zit je even ‘op de bank’, dan hoef je je niet direct zorgen te maken over je baan (in tegenstelling tot een aantal grotere bedrijven in Nederland). Zelfs niet in de afgelopen crisis…

Waarom blog ik hier nou over? Omdat ik Rubicon als werkgever ervaar als een bijzondere plek om te werken. It’s a great place to work.
Omdat we altijd op zoek zijn naar die speciale (Microsoft) consultant die kwaliteit en betrouwbaarheid als vanzelfsprekend zien bij het uitvoeren van hun opdrachten. Consultants die trots zijn op hun werk én hun werkgever.

Ben jij een (SharePoint) consultant/ontwikkelaar en op zoek naar een werkomgeving waar je trots op kan zijn, waar je je verder kunt ontwikkelen? Neem dan vrijblijvend  contact met mij op.

Ernst Wolthaus

FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint introduction videos

Some people might think that ‘FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint’ is only a upscale, faster version of the standard SharePoint Enterprise Search. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Here are some introduction videos to shed some more light on FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint.

FAST Search for SharePoint demo

Search Driven Applications

More SharePoint videos here…

Leverage Sharepoint 2010 for project management

On March, 23, Dux Raymond Sy (@MeetDux) did a webinar about using SharePoint 2010 for project management. It was refreshing to hear Dux sum up the reasons why anyone should be using a collaboration environment like SharePoint 2010 for project management. After arguing his case, Dux then shows the many ways you can use SharePoint for your project team, including the combination with Microsoft Project 2010.
It’s always great to see how much you can achieve with SharePoint 2010 out of the box.

Unfortunately for many, due to an overwhelming response to this webinar, registration was closed at the maximum of 1000 registrants. However, the webinar was recorded and made available for online viewing. It only requires free registration.

So have fun, I will 🙂 (again…).

7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint 2010 for Project Management Success

Banging my head against the wall

I’ve been focusing on SharePoint 2010 (and 2007) now for the past 18 months. And even though I have a background as software developer, it has been a steep learning curve for me. A lot of times, I was banging my head against the wall, trying to figure out why SharePoint wasn’t doing what it was supposed to do. Sound familiar, right? 😉

I have had a lot of help (and still) from certain colleagues, calling them 10+ times a day, asking them every question imaginable about SharePoint (thanks, Emil :D)

In other cases, Google has been my friend, pointing me to invaluable blogs about SharePoint and other related stuff.

Having learned a great deal about SharePoint, I thought it might be time to start blogging about it. Giving back to the community, so to speak.

So, here it is… I hope you find my posts useful.

Ernst Wolthaus