SharePoint News Ticker

SharePoint List Driven News Ticker

I have written about making a News Ticker before but it looks like the code is not working anymore so why not make something better. News tickers are a great way to show a lot of information in a small space and they look much better than an annoucements web part. For this example I established a few ground rules.

  • Content will be pulled from a custom SharePoint list.
  • When clicked the items will open in a dialog window
  • The ticker will pause on hover and have controls so users can scroll through the news items
Inline Editing for document libraries

Inline editing in a dataview web part.

inline editing in a DVWP SharePoint 2010

Inline Editing Options in SharePoint Designer

When you create a list view dataview web part in SharePoint 2010 you have the option of enabling inline editing. Once enabled users can edit and create list items without leaving the page. This is nice but by default SharePoint Designer does not style the interface the same way as it is when done in a standard list view. See the example below.

This is not difficult to fix, here is how I did it.

Here is what the standard inline editing interface looks like

default inline editing SharePoint

default inline editing SharePoint
When you use a data view web part it looks like this by default

data view web part inline editing SharePoint
data view web part inline editing SharePoint

Now this interface may look fine to you but I wanted it to look more like the standard interface. To get it looking better requires adding some code to the data view using SharePoint desiger.


I saw this coming (SharePoint 2010)

share-point-logoI was reading this article last week and it reminded me of a conversation I had with a developer friend of mine back when SharePoint 2007 came out. I was telling him that because of the ability to integrate so closely with Office SharePoint would end up dominating the market for collaboration tools.

SharePoint is not the only collaboration tool available and some would say it is not the best tool either. Google Wave, BaseCamp, and others offer similar capabilities in some areas. As Chip Dizard of Absolute Presence points out Wave does not work well with IE but does integrate nicely with Google’s other online tools (Docs, Calendar, etc.). For open source fans and Microsoft haters there are several good options but it is hard to deny the convenience of SharePoint.

Most large organizations are already using Microsoft Office products for email and word processing so the fact that SharePoint works seamlessly with these applications makes it an obvious choice when it comes time to collaborate and share information. Even SharePoint 2003 had some integration with the Office products but Microsoft has taken things even further in SharePoint 2010. With such a fully integrated solution that most users will have to use as part of their work competitors like Google will have a tough time selling to businesses and large organizations.

For smaller organizations that don’t have the resources or the need for all of SharePoint’s features may Google Wave and other tools very useful. Larger organizations who require information security, full control  and data backups will find SharePoint quite capable. This article has more information on how the SharePoint team has worked to build SharePoint into its own platform