Sharing SharePoint

Brian Christiansen

June 1st, 2007

Cameron Moll offers some advice on getting the most out of SharePoint, with semantic code and CSS styling.

For those of you not familiar with SharePoint, it is a web application from Microsoft that’s deployed within an organization for collaboration purposes. I’ll pigeon-hole it as an intranet-in-a-box™ app.

There are a lot of people out there, web developers and designers especially, who have this app in their organization and they don’t much about it. And now they’ve been charged with wrangling it. The complaint I hear repeatedly is that it is difficult to make properly coded web pages (CSS, semantics, et al) on the SharePoint framework. The phrase “surrender” is thrown about commonly.

Several people have referenced Jared’s comments on the topic of SharePoint at the Web Directions North conference.

Implementing Sharepoint is a lot like building a house. It’s like a friend of yours says, “I know exactly what to do.” And, he drives you to a Home Depot, drops you off at the front door and says, “Everything you need is here.” Then, drives off.

Luckily for SharePoint users, Cameron knows a ton about semantics and CSS, has been thrown into the same position as many of you, and is sharing his discoveries. A big thanks to Cameron.

4 Responses to “Sharing SharePoint”

  1. blog.dsetia.com» Blog Archive » Sharing SharePoint Says:

    [...] Cameron Moll offers some advice on getting the most out of SharePoint, with semantic code and CSS styling. For those of you not familiar with SharePoint, it is a web application from Microsoft that’s deployed within an organization for collaboration purposes. I’ll pigeon-hole it as an intranet-in-a-box™ app. There are a lot of people out there, web […] Source: [Link] [...]

  2. Jesper Rønn-Jensen Says:

    Thanks a lot for bringing this to my attention, Brian. I have written a comment on my blog, where I claim that this workaround is good, but what really matters, is better defaults.

    There are much wow-buzz on the web about things that can be done via workarounds, and effects that can be achieved. But in my opinion, better defaults make a difference. The rest is just extra work, that should be eliminated :)

    More info:
    http://justaddwater.dk/2007/06/04/sharepoint-meets-web-standards/

  3. Stephen Capp Says:

    Has anyone found a solution to address the unstyled application.master pages? It would be great to have everything styled up instead of “most” of the pages.

  4. justaddwater.dk | Sharepoint Meets Web Standards Says:

    [...] Moll: Skinning MS Sharepoint with standards (found via UIE BrainSparks) (includes the following links [...]

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