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Multilingual support review of SharePoint Online – An information architecture perspective

SharePoint Online for a long time, has multilingual support. On classic experience, there were language packs and Variations available for that. Yet also the modern experience has multilingual capabilities for that.

It might look that SharePoint is well capable of providing the language chosen by the user for the user. While I had to take a closer look under the hood over the last couple of month, multilingual and SharePoint has a complicated relationship.

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Build a SharePoint / Fluent UI compliant grid from scratch

Building a grid system in the past had a lot to do with math. Luckily, implementing a grid system has dramatically changed over the last years. You don’t rely on any framework such as Fluent UI to get your things done right.

SharePoint also has a concept of single part app pages. This page type gives you an entirely blank canvas, enabling the full potential and possibilities for an application. It also comes without any grid system, but this is something we can address.

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Develop SPFx web parts for different section designs using CSS

Over the last couple of days, I banged my head against the wall. I hate when things don’t work as expected. On the other hand, I love challenges.

The thing we are talking about the documentation on “Supporting section background“. To be clear, the documentation is correct. It works as described. The issue I and many others have with this documentation it does not apply to your project.

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How to identify the font rendered in your Browser?

Track down fonts rendered on a web site sometimes can be challenging. Reply purely on the font family is not a safe bet. The network trace only shows that the font has been downloaded but not that it will be used and applied correctly.

Luckily, the latest versions of all major Browser offer now especially support that makes it easier to identify the real applied font. Besides, never trust what you see in the Browser; it might be something that sits only on your client.
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Design Review: Page layout and typography of communication sites

This time we take a look at the fundamentals on the page and text layout on modern SharePoint pages in communication sites. The text layout is the essential design element on web sites and the intranet. 95% of a current information system is base on just text.

First, let us define some basics on typography on the web to have a better understanding later on the available layout options we currently have.

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