This series assumes that you are familiar with the “HTML Calculated Column“.
The “HTML Calculated Column” is a powerful method that I created for SharePoint 2003 and 2007. It allows you to display in your SharePoint lists any kind of HTML: color coded text, inline charts, tooltips, embedded videos, etc.
It works in two steps:
1/ Build a HTML string, using a calculated column
2/ Render this HTML string as HTML in SharePoint pages
I am receiving more and more requests from readers who want to use it in SharePoint 2010. As I explained in a previous post, step 2 is tricky in SP 2010, due to asynchronous updates.
At this point, I don’t have a perfect answer, but I figured I’d just start sharing what I have so far. Expect this to be a long series, where I’ll publish updates as and when I validate more options. Your feedback and suggestions will be essential to guide me in my investigations.
For this first post, let’s start with an easy one. In SP 2010 you can disable asynchronous updates for lists:
– Edit Web Part
– uncheck all the AJAX options:
With the AJAX options disabled, the view will behave like it did in SharePoint 2007, and the Text to HTML script will work (well, you tell me…).