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Professional Workflow in SharePoint® 2010: Real World Business Workflow Solutions by Udayakumar Ethirajulu, Paul J. Galvin

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Chapter 11

Enhancing the User Interface

WHAT’S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • Using InfoPath to Create Advanced Data Entry Forms
  • Improving SharePoint User Interfaces with jQuery
  • Leveraging the Data View Web Part
  • Selecting the Best Option for Your Needs

So far, this book has spent a lot of time describing business solutions and emphasizing the importance of workflow patterns. Of course, the workflow component of a business process is important. However, it’s sort of invisible to end users and is only one part of the three key components of business solutions. Recall that business solutions follow an arc. They begin with some kind of data entry process to kick things off. Then, a business process ensures the process operates correctly, step by step. Finally, you implement a dashboard to manage the process, preferably managing exceptional conditions only (such as missed due dates and the like). It’s fair to say that two of these three components (data entry and dashboards) have been given short shrift. It’s time to remedy that situation.

It’s not that data entry and dashboards have been ignored. It’s clear, however, that the kind of user interfaces you’d present to your end users if you followed the book verbatim so far would be poor at best. You need to provide better user interfaces to your end users. This chapter offers you three different techniques that power end users (“activist users”) can leverage to accomplish that.

HOW TO BUILD GREAT USER INTERFACES

SharePoint provides two direct and ...

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