Responsive Design: Front-End Tools and SharePoint Basics

 

One of the easiest ways to deter users from your website is to provide them with a frustrating experience. Be that with broken features, outdated information, or more times than not, an unfriendly user interface. Even the most feature-rich websites will lose users if they don’t have a website that users can access, navigate, and view, no matter what device they’re on. The aim of this post is to help you keep customers by familiarizing you with responsive design and give you the tools to quickly implement these principles in your websites as well as your SharePoint solutions.

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SharePoint 2013 and Regional Settings: Adventures in Time Zones

It’s a simple enough question to ask and answer. In almost every introduction to a foreign language, it’s one of the basic phrases we learn. We’ll leave aside the irony that we almost never ask the question of another person, because of mobile phones, tablets, and myriad ways which we can answer that question ourselves. As developers, we’re often given the task of producing output that includes some date value, usually in a grid or table that provides the user with information about when a particular thing happened. 

So far, pretty easy stuff. But I was recently asked to provide users with that information displayed in local time, with some users were scattered over a plethora of timezones. This led to some interesting discoveries I thought I should share below. So grab your sonic screwdrivers, absurdly long scarves, throw the switch on your TARDIS and allons-y!

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The SharePoint 2010 Mobile Redirect Nightmare

I recently had to address a very simple sounding request that turned into a nightmare. The SharePoint 2010 mobile view is ugly and difficult to customize (as shown in the image below) and so I wanted a SharePoint 2010 list to redirect to a separate page if a mobile client was used to access it. I only had access at the site collection level. This seemed like a very easy thing to put in with a bit of JavaScript, and if that didn’t work, SharePoint had a built-in mobile redirect system that I assumed could be used. This blog post is being written to discuss how difficult it is to bypass SharePoint 2010’s mobile redirect system and to solicit feedback on other options to try.

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