Monday, February 18, 2013

People Picker Plus for SharePoint 2010

A no-touch replacement for the horrid built in people picker control

Finally finished it up! Get it on CodePlex:

The SharePoint 2010 People Picker has always caused problems for me. Either by not working in what it deems to be 'down level' browsers (Firefox and Chrome), showing red X's instead of user images, random script errors, or totally failing within an HTML5 doctype, the list of crap I have taken from it is extensive. So I finally had enough and developed a solution to bury it with a much more user-friendly and sensible component. Oh yeah, and it works the same under all BICA (Browsers I Care About), like IE 9+, Chrome, Firefox, and even poor little Safari. The major features of it include:
  • Activate 'n Go! Activate the site collection scoped feature and be done - all people pickers will be replaced within the site.
  • Cross-browser! Unlike the built in entity picker, which devolves into a textarea for non-IE browsers, the People Picker Plus works the same way no matter what browser is being used. Also, it is HTML5 friendly.
  • Autocomplete Searches!As the user types, search results are displayed, and even grouped by User, SharePoint group, and Security Group.
  • User Image ProxyUser images located on mysites usually cause an annoying extra authentication prompt within the default people picker dialog. Your users won't miss this!
  • Decent UI!The UI for the built in people picker is awful. Especially for 'down level' browsers like Chrome and Firefox. The UI for the People Picker Plus is better than awful! Plus it is touch-friendly, should your users be crazy enough to try to use SharePoint on a tablet.

Feedback is greatly appreciated, especially of the constructive kind. If you feel the need to hit me with anything negative, it better contain humor.

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