Wildcard People Search on MOSS 2007 – Adding Another Field

Written by Ramon Scott on July 31, 2008 – 7:22 pm -

This is a follow-up to my original post for a quick solution for a adding a web part to the home page that allows for searching for people using first, last or a combination of names. Wildcards are supported on either.

This version has been tweaked to add a select box that also lets a user choose a department to view or search within. You’ll have to hard-code your departments in. A fancier version might use an AJAX call to read from a list or something similar.

To use this, just add a content editor web part to the moss home page and paste the code below into the source view. The form will submit to the default people search results page.


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Wildcard People Search on MOSS 2007

Written by Ramon Scott on July 8, 2008 – 6:34 pm -

Unfortunately out-of-the-box Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 does not play nice with wildcard searches. This is particularly troublesome when searching for people with hard to spell names.

Here’s a quick solution for a adding a web part to the home page that allows for searching for people using first, last or a combination of names. Wildcards are supported on either.

So, entering a first name of Rob would return results for Rob, Robert, Roberta, Robbie, etc. Likewise, a last name search for Smit would return results for Smith, Smits, Smitkerson, etc.

To use this, just add a content editor web part to the moss home page and paste the code below into the source view. The form will submit to the default people search results page.


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MSNBC News Web Part

Written by Ramon Scott on July 8, 2008 – 6:13 pm -

Here’s a handy XML web part that surfaces an RSS feed of MSNBC US News. It uses DHTML layers to show each story’s description on hovering over the headline. You may need to tweak the position of the description layer in the XSL depending on where on the page you place the web part. I like to put it in a right-hand column. You’ll also want to create and image library named “graphics” to store the logo image in that appears at the bottom. This should function in SharePoint 2003, MOSS, WSS 2.0 and 3.0.

MSNBC Top Headlines Web Part Zip File


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