I am going to hand you $35,000 and tell you to go buy a car. Nice, right? Oh, but by the way, you can only buy an American-made, four-door, blue sedan. Still nice… but a little limiting. Want leather seats? Go for it. Nice sound system? Sure thing. Want a sunroof? Nope, sorry. Want something a bit sportier or something a more rugged? Tough luck. But hey, you are getting a car! That part is cool. However, you aren’t getting a vehicle that necessarily meets your needs. Continue reading Make sure your (SharePoint) tool meets your needs
It is time to go old school with this #TBT post that answers something I have been asked a few times…. can you make SharePoint 2013 look like SharePoint 2010 (and without the pesky UI version stuff)? The answer is yes, and it can all be done with CSS. Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Use CSS to Turn SharePoint 2013 into SharePoint 2010
“Bootstrap” Responsive SharePoint, the RIGHT Way
Let’s face it, SharePoint isn’t very responsive. However you can make it responsive using popular tools that all the cool kids are talking about. Continue reading SPTechCon Austin February 2016 Bootstrap Session Recap
92% of Branding SharePoint is CSS, So Why Are You Living in a Master Page?
So much can be done with just CSS, the need for branding doesn’t mean a need for a custom master page. In this SPTechCon session I rebranded this SharePoint site: Continue reading SPTechCon Austin February 2016 Branding with CSS Session Recap
Here is a recap of our sessions from SPTechCon Austin 2016…
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This is a quick and simple trick to turn a long SharePoint global/top navigation drop down (a.k.a. fly-out) menu into an easier to read, two or more column display. All you need is a little CSS. Continue reading Convert SharePoint 2013 Global Navigation Drop-down to Show Multiple Columns
Natural Language Processing and SharePoint¶
Wait, what? As in reading what people are saying on my SharePoint site?
Yes, Natural Language Processing (NLP) refers to how computers and humans interact; more specifically, how a computer program can come to understand what we humans are saying, whether we’re writing a sonnet or a scathing review on Netflix.
Many companies turn to NLP techniques in order to get a better understanding of the needs, motivations and problems of their users. Netflix, for example, is well-known for its movie recommendation system, which uses NLP to determine what people are saying about a film or television show. Other sites and applications use NLP to help identify shills, so they can better hide reviews from people who post artificial praise about a product in order to boost the ranking of that product artificially.
Let me whet your appetite, and show you what sorts of things you can do when you apply some of the latest techniques and tools devoted to improving the state of NLP.
One approach to writing CSS is to use functional CSS, which are selectors (classes) with a singular purpose. For example, let’s say you need a given item on your web page to be absolute positioned, have a purple background and an enlarged font size. Instead of putting three declarations in a single CSS style statement, you would split up the declarations across three generic CSS style statements and specify three classes for the HTML element. It is a different yet effective way to do things. SharePoint 2013 actually has several functional CSS classes already baked in their CSS files and ready for your use. Continue reading SharePoint 2013 Functional CSS Selectors
I love love love live CSS editing. Any time I can cut out an app switch, save and reload, I am all over it. Using a mapped network drive and a browser, I can bypass SharePoint Designer and/or an external code editor and write CSS straight to the SharePoint content database. Woot! Continue reading Streamlined CSS editing: direct save from browser to SharePoint
That is a mouthful of a title but luckily this is a simple fix for an annoying bug in SharePoint 2013. Between SharePoint 2010 and 2013, the DynamicHorizontalOffset and DynamicVerticalOffset properties in the AspMenu control became useless because of how the drop down menus are styled in CSS by SharePoint. You can set these properties all day long and nothing comes of it. So abandon that and just use the following CSS fix. Continue reading CSS Fix for Broken DynamicHorizontalOffset and DynamicVerticalOffset in SharePoint 2013 AspMenu Control