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Adding Edit Dialog to a Data Form Web Part

Edit Dialog
Edit Dialog

A client asked me to create a roll-up of some document libraries, and I decided to exercise the data form web part. It worked fine until I was asked why he got an open/save dialog and not the standard SharePoint read-only/edit dialog from document libraries as to the right.

After some help from some Twitter folk (@zaijian and @gvaro) it was made evident that there is some JavaScript that surrounds the anchors in the document library.  After comparing AllItems.aspx to my custom page I saw the JavaScript not included. I then added the JavaScript references around my XSL, and sure enough I got the dialog!

I tried to go one step farther and the whole context menu, but I was only able to get portions of us such as the gold hover bar. I know there were some hidden divs the JavaScript used, but alas I had other work to move onto. If anyone has experience with adding the whole context menu I’d be glad to add it here for others.

<a onclick="return DispEx(this,event,'TRUE','FALSE','TRUE','SharePoint.OpenDocuments.3','0','SharePoint.OpenDocuments','','','','110','0','0','0x7fffffffffffffff')" href="{@FileRef}" onfocus="OnLink(this)"><xsl:value-of select="@FileLeafRef" /></a>


  1. zaijian

    The sucky thing is that the SP javascript libraries play a huge part in how the SP UI works, but there’s no API or MSDN references for them.

    • I just found that out myself. It is quite surprising.

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