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New master page added to “Just the Essentials” SharePoint Master Pages

In addition to the stripped, cleaned and commented SharePoint 2010 master pages that we provide, we also have posted a copy of v4.master (default SharePoint master page – simple layout with top navy bar) that still has all original HTML layout code in place but has the same cleaning and comments added that our Just the Essentials master pages receive. Now another version of this file has been added that is a copy of v4.master with all of the UI3 code removed. If you are not supporting UI3 sites (2010 sites that look like 2007) then you can use the UI4 Only version.

» Go to SharePointV4 Comments and Corrections Master Pages

“Just the Essentials” SharePoint Master Pages

As a follow up to my “Base Master Page Files for SharePoint 2007“, I have put together and posted several different master page files for use with SharePoint 2010.  Every file is heavily commented and provides a lot of information about what code is necessary for various SharePoint functionality and content.  Due to the enhanced user interface elements added to SharePoint 2010 such as the Ribbon and dialog boxes, there are specific HTML elements, IDs and classes that need to remain in place in the master page.  You can’t take a total slash and burn approach to developing a custom SharePoint 2010 master page.   So in short, read the comments!

UPDATE July 2012:  HTML5 versions of the master pages have been added. Please read this blog post about the changes that were made.  Continue reading

Content Types and CSS Resources

In my sessions last week I stressed the importance of learning about content types, and really stressed the importance of learning CSS.  I have had several people ask me for some suggestions for resources for both of these topics.  If you have a resource or a book you just love that I don’t mention here, please post a comment about it for everyone’s benefit.  Continue reading

Sweet Screen Capture Tool – SnagIt

Hope everyone had a nice holiday, I certainly enjoyed my time off.  :-)

My buddy Chris turned me onto this screen capture tool and I love it.  It has a ton of output options, hooks into Office & IE, and has an editing mode where you can add arrows and callout boxes to the screenshots prior to outputting to the final destination.   This basically blows Cropper out of the water. Continue reading