What’s New in the OOTB Master Pages for SP2 of SharePoint

If you live under a rock you may have missed all the news lately about the release of Service Pack 2 for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) and Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) (more info on SP2 here). Among the listed updates is this note: “The 2007 Office Suite SP2 has been tested and is supported for Internet Explorer 8”. I figured I would fire up a VM and compare the OOTB master pages (both source and output) between the pre and post SP2. Here are the results: default.master – Source unchanged blueband.master – Source gains: which will help force IE8 to render the page in IE7 mode. Note, if you manually force IE8 to render in IE8 mode the navigation still has issues displaying. For more info, see my previous post about IE8 and SharePoint.   default.master & blueband.master rendered page – They both gain an inline style for the Global Links section:    ...

Using the XML Web Part to show your Twitter feed in SharePoint 10

I have put together a quick and dirty example of using the XML Web Part to display and style your Twitter RSS feed in a SharePoint page. 100% of the work is done in XSLT, all you have to do is: Add an XML Web Part to your page:     Then for the XML Link add the RSS feed for your Twitter updates, the link for this can be found on the bottom right of your Twitter home page:   Just right click on the RSS feed and copy and paste the the URL into the XSL Link field of the XML Web Part. (mine is http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/15901109.rss)   Next, click the XSL Editor button and paste in the following XSLT code:                                                                              After you click OK and Apply your changes you should see your tweets styled in the XML Web Part:   You ...

What you should do when Microsoft pushes the Automatic Update to IE8 1

Microsoft has finally announced that they will be pushing automatic updates to IE8 for PC’s that are currently running IE6 or IE7 (more info here). This is great news, as I had a very long winded post already typed out (but not published) entitled “IE6 Needs to Die (or why IE8 makes me sad)”. I won’t go into great detail about the post now that I see Microsoft is being proactive with trying to upgrade older Internet Explorers. I do have a helpful graphic for people that will be seeing the new Update to IE8 welcome screen. If you have any doubts about what to do on this screen follow my expertly crafted graphic instructions: I know some folks are on intranets that have requirements for older versions of Internet Explorer, but I implore you to consider clicking the button. Here is some info from my unpublished rant: “Now that IE8 has been released, something ...