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  • Blog Post: Master Pages Revisited: References to master pages in SharePoint

    I'm still neck-deep in WCM planning, design, and development on my current project and also get lots of questions on branding topics, so a frequent point of discussion is various design patterns for the use of master pages. One of the topics that's come up a lot recently is "how do I assign master page...
  • Blog Post: Using custom scopes on multilanguage variation sites

    One of the great things about working on MOSS projects here in Europe is the prevalance of multilanguage requirements. You just don't encounter multilanguage requirements (at least on intranets & extranets) nearly as often in the US. I've had a lot of deep, hands-on experience with custom and variations...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint AcademyLive Recommended Readings

    This won't mean too much for those of you who aren't attending the AcademyLive courses, but here are some recommended readings on two topics we were discussiong today - Security & Information Architecture. Recommended Readings on Security: · Server Communication table, general IT Pro topics...
  • Blog Post: Branding Lessons Learned 2: Post-launch

    Yay. We launched a few days ago. Now it's time for another recap of lessons learned on the technology and process fronts: Process Learnings (AKA battle scars): Requirements & Design. I won't go into the reasons why, but we had an exceedingly shallow requirements gathering effort for...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Intranet Portal Branding Lessons Learned 1: Omissions & Test Results

    We've spent the past four days doing user acceptance and regression testing on our branding, and I've found a couple of essential additions. Expect more as the testing wraps up over the next week or two: Branding the "Operation in Progress" Page. Another GIF you may want to replace is GEARS_AN...
  • Blog Post: Branding a MOSS Corporate Intranet Portal, Part 3: LAYOUTS Pages

    Introduction In order to get a consistent look and feel across all the pages, we had to brand the LAYOUTS pages as well. Since we needed webapp-specific branding and didn’t want to deal with the additional effort involved in branding & testing SSPAdmin pages, I started out following what eventually...
  • Blog Post: Branding a MOSS Corporate Intranet Portal, Part 2: Site & System Pages

    Introduction This post covers a sample technical design for the most common branding task you’ll encounter for site & system pages – adapting ALL site & system pages on ALL sites to your customer’s look-and-feel standards. We accomplish this with the following components, each of which are...
  • Blog Post: Branding a MOSS Corporate Intranet Portal, Part 1b: Branding Methods by Scope and Scenario

    Branding Methods by Scope and Scenario The methods matrices referred to in Part 1a appear below. Refer to that post for context, or you won’t find this very useful... Scope: Farm Single Site Definition Site Page Single Site Definition System Page All Site Pages...
  • Blog Post: Branding a MOSS Corporate Intranet Portal, Introduction

    We’re finally starting to tie a little bow around the branding effort for my customer’s MOSS intranet collaboration environment, so I’m finally taking the time to gather all the planning and design materials from the past month or two into something I hope the community finds useful. That, and the musical...
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