SP2010 Branding Tip #7 – Using Simple Rendering in SharePoint Navigation 3

One of the really cool enhancements in SharePoint 2010 is the addition of the UseSimpleRendering property to the control. When UseSimpleRendering is set to True, the SharePoint navigation menu is rendered using a cleaner unordered HTML list.

After some trial and error I was able to duplicate the current SharePoint 2007 top navigation for SharePoint911 using the Simple Rendering:




One last note, if all of this new cleaner HTML scares you and you don’t want to spend the time to convert your old CSS to work with the new Simple Rendering, you can always turn it off by setting UseSimpleRendering=”False” in the control. With this set to false, the old less clean Table based navigation is used and all of your old CSS styles should work perfectly in SharePoint 2010.

3 thoughts on “SP2010 Branding Tip #7 – Using Simple Rendering in SharePoint Navigation

  1. Reply Ganesh Oct 15,2010 12:00 am

    Hi,There seems to be a problem while using the flyouts menu styles that you have specified here.When there is subsite displayed in the flyouts which has a large name such as Corporate Professional services the hover styles do not apply properly.I solved it by making the width of the flyouts menu items fixed and the hover width to 90%.I feel there must be a better way to solve the isuue.Any tips would be helpful.Thanks.

  2. Reply Thiago Silva Feb 25,2011 6:52 pm

    Randy, we’ve successfully implemented Simple Rendering Mode for the AspMenu, after struggling to style the menu for cross-browser compatibility with the old rendering mode.

    However, two properties that used to be applied (and which we relied on), DynamicVerticalOffset and DynamicHorizontalOffset, are no longer being respected.

    We need to shift our left nav menu up and over a bit, and I am not sure if that’s something that we can control in SimpleRenderingMode.

    Do you have any insight into that?

  3. Reply eureka Jul 29,2011 4:36 pm

    Hey Randy, wondering if you have ever come across this issue…

    I have a client who wants to use the old table formatted navigation so we can attach background images using the unique ID for each table row. That’s fine, and I have the navigation set up using:
    UseSimpleRendering=”false” UseSeparateCss=”false”

    SO – the weird thing is… on settings.aspx the markup it goes back to an being an unordered list.

    Have you ever seen this before?

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