Posts Tagged 'jQuery'

Custom redirect after creating a new Sharepoint Item

When creating a new Item in a Sharepoint list, the redirection works according to these rules:

  • If the URL contains a valid “Source” parameter, the user user will be redirected to this URL
  • Otherwise the user will be redirected to the default view of the list, such as AllItems.aspx

There are different approaches to change this behavior:

Via URL Parameter

One appraoch is to override the redirection by changing the Source parameter of the URL. This means the incoming link to the NewForm.aspx contains the redirection URL already. This is pretty static, sometimes you want to set the redirection on the fly. Also the appraoch enforces the same redirection for both Safe and Close buttons on the form.

Via Event Receiver

It is possible to redirect within an event receiver. This means placing a redirect command within a synchrounous event which aborts the normal event flow in a way, that asynchrounous events and other attached event receivers won’t work anymore.

Via Custom Safe Buttons

It is possible to replace the default buttons on the NewForm.aspx page by custom controls. So basically you develop a custom button that inherits from the Sharepoint “SaveButton” class. In there you can apply custom logic for redirection.

Via JavaScript

This is a novel approach I developed to get more flexibility and stability for the redirection behavior. It allows to set the redirection on the clientside.

$(document).ready(function() {

    var button = $("input[id$=SaveItem]");
    // change redirection behavior
        button.removeAttr("onclick"); {
            var elementName = $(this).attr("name");
            var aspForm = $("form[name=aspnetForm]");
            var oldPostbackUrl = aspForm.get(0).action;
            var currentSourceValue = GetUrlKeyValue("Source", true, oldPostbackUrl);
            var newPostbackUrl = oldPostbackUrl.replace(currentSourceValue, "MyRedirectionDestination.aspx");

            if (!PreSaveItem()) return false;
            WebForm_DoPostBackWithOptions(new WebForm_PostBackOptions(elementName, "", true, "", newPostbackUrl, false, true));

So basically we modify the click behavior of the create button on the NewForm.aspx to pass in a new “Source” parameter value just before the form is submitted.


Apply jQuery effects in a sequence

Using the JavaScript library jQuery, you can apply effects to various DOM objects with ease. Each objects owns an effect-queue that is processed in a sequence. Fine, however how can we construct a sequence across multiple objects? Assume you have a list of titles in your website and you want to highlight them one after the other, not all at the same time. We can accomplish this by writing a simple function that applies the effects to the current object and continues with the next sibliing object.

Ok, assume we have this table and we wan to apply some effects to their rows sequentially:

<table id="features">

Now this script begins attaching the effects to the first row (“tr:first”). Our callback function seqfx is called when all effects on this object are processed, it will apply itself again to the next object and so on..

jQuery.fn.seqfx = function()
    $(this).fadeOut("fast").fadeIn("slow", function()

    $("#features tr:first").seqfx();

This works fine and ensures sequential processing of all the table rows.