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Monthly Archives: August 2014

SharePoint 2013 Issue Tracking List: Versioning/Comments Dependency

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In SharePoint 2013 by default, the Issue Tracking list has versioning enabled and the Comments column has “Append Changes to Existing Text” enabled. These two settings are dependent on each other and the comments fields allows for multiple edits which will each have a unique date/time stamp.

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Integrate Scanning Software with SharePoint 2013

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On a recent project I had a requirement to integrate scanning software with SharePoint to provide an end-to-end solution for getting paper and electronic documents into SharePoint with meaningful metadata applied. The metadata columns in SharePoint included Managed Metadata columns for document categorization and business units, as well as an External Data column connected to a SQL Server database.

The issues I needed to solve were:

  • How to have metadata enforcement using mandatory fields while making the user experience quick and easy.
  • The scanner software did not provide a good user experience for setting Managed Metadata columns or External Data columns so these columns needed to be set in the SharePoint form. I needed these columns to be mandatory so if they were not filled in by the scanner software then the documents would remained checked out and only visible to the owner of the document.

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Visual Studio – TFS Settings

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We use Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server (TFS) as the primary development tools at Quercus. I find these two tools to be excellent, but there are few integration settings between the two of them that are not the default (even though it seems logical to me that they should be the default).

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SharePoint Search Display Templates – No Line Breaks in ManagedPropertyMapping List

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While creating a SharePoint Search Result display template to display a user’s profile information I needed to configure a large list of managed property values inside the ManagedPropertyMapping tags. The list became very large so I thought I would add some line breaks to group the properties into the same groupings that they are displayed in the HTML.

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The DOs and DON’Ts of Working with a Designer

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Filed under Corporate Culture, Popular, Usability

DOs+DONTs

  1. DO: Communicate
    DON’T: Expect a mind reader
    Communication is an integral component to any project, be it design related or otherwise. No communication or miscommunication can tank an entire project. From the first meeting with the designer, work together to create a clear project vision. One of the most helpful pieces of information you can provide during this meeting is a selection of examples of other similar works that you like. Collaboration with the designer during the entire project is also necessary. Establish a communication schedule so that the project remains on track. Ensure that this schedule is adhered to. If a designer doesn’t hear anything throughout the project they assume that everything is going well. No designer is going to be happy if presented with a laundry list of changes at the end of a project.
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