Adding the ASP.NET 2.0 radMenu Control to MOSS 2007 Publishing Sites

Adding the ASP.NET 2.0 radMenu Control to MOSS 2007 Publishing SitesWith the release of Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) v3 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, Microsoft has implemented significant architectural changes to the SharePoint platform which simplifies the task of customizing the user interface. Most of these improvements are because WSS v3, unlike its predecessor, is built on top of the .NET 3.0 Framework bringing the native capabilities of ASP.NET 2.0 directly to the SharePoint platform. One such ASP.NET 2.0 concept that is leveraged by WSS v3 is the navigation provider model. The navigation provider model separates the navigation hierarchy (the data portion, otherwise known as site-map data sources) from the rendering (the presentation portion, otherwise known as navigation controls). The role of the site-map data source is to abstract the navigation hierarchy from the underlying system (such as SharePoint) to make it transparent to the navigation control. This allows developers to easily snap ASP.NET 2.0 navigation provider model compatible controls into a SharePoint site by simply configuring them to receive the navigation hierarchy from the provided SharePoint site-map data sources.


This white paper demonstrates how to incorporate the Telerik RadMenu navigation control in a MOSS 2007 Publishing site. In order to leverage the Telerik RadMenu control, some required files must be deployed to each SharePoint Web Front End (WFE) server. The deployment of the files is conducted in one of two ways: (1) manual deployment of all necessary files using simple file-copy operations or (2) leveraging the WSS solution framework for deployment. Once the required files are deployed, the Telerik RadMenu is then added to the Publishing site by editing the site’s master page(s).
While only the Telerik RadMenu navigation control is documented in this white paper, the same steps can be used to incorporate other RadControls suite such as the RadTreeView and RadTabStrip into WSS v2 or MOSS 2007 sites since they have existing default counterparts. Other components in the RadControls suite such as RadRotator, RadSplitter and RadComboBox do not have a direct comparable control in WSS v3 or MOSS 2007 sites can be used and deployed using the steps outlined in this white paper, but additional custom code may be required. In addition, the fully functional WYSIWYG RadEditor will be available within Publishing sites via a Telerik supplied custom wrapper.

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