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Design Review: “Create a list” experience on SharePoint Online

First of all, I like the new “Create a list” experience. The organisation of all the different possibilities is excellent now.

Design Review on Create a list in SharePoint Online

This wizard-like experience allows you to create list quickly and guides you to what you want to do. Also, it comes with great new features such as create a new plan based on existing across all site collections in your tenant.

The base idea of how it looks now is promising, but there are some design and user experience issues I like to uncover in this design review.

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SPFx-uifabric-themes v0.7.0 released aka SPFx-uifabric-themes AliceBlue

Its been a while since the last release for my toolset for Theming in SharePoint development. I work on a product, and I have to make sure that the web part design is flexible enough to work great with any SharePoint applied theme. I discovered many changes in the currently available theme slots.

v0.7.0-release-AliceBlue

The support in case of SASS variables in your standard SharePoint project is limited. It was time to update my tool, but it comes with more great features that only SASS variables.

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SharePoint Framework and the Office UI Fabric grid system

A while a GitHub issue in the sp-dev-docs came to my attention, where someone had a problem titled as Can’t get grid system working using office fabric ui react. I took a closer look on why it is so challenging to get the grid system running right now and in SPFx projects in general. There are some catches you need to be aware.

Some of those issues are already documented in the a blog post on How to make your web parts responsive to the parent container or How to use Bootstrap in SharePoint Framework projects. Here is the rest of the story.

Office UI Fabric is somewhat like the first and foremost first third-party Framework that you may want to use in all your projects to create a seamless experience with the rest of the Office 365 platform. It is not exclusively to SharePoint or SharePoint Framework Projects.

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Major CSS Class changes in Communication Site and Workbench

Last weekend I had the opportunity to speak at SharePoint Saturday Helsinki organised by Jussi Roine and Jussi Mori. With more than 170 attendees and 20 speakers, it was the best place to be in Helsinki on this Saturday.

While I was checking my demos for my session, I recognised a problem that currently exists on the Online Workbench for SPFx. The demo based on my blog post on how to make your web parts responsive to the parent container. In this blog post, I make use of the Office UI Fabric grid system class names and colour the content of the web part differently according to the parent container. A method beneficial to support the responsive flow of web parts and to improve the user experience.

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How to make your web parts responsive to the parent container

The modern experience is responsive by default, but it doesn’t mean that your web part will be. Especially with the new team sites and communication sites, the behaviour of web parts is as tricky as it ever was. Office UI Fabric doesn’t help you to achieve a significant user experience because it is out of their scope and offers only smaller components or full-page scoped methods, but nothing in between as needed as in web parts.

The surrounding design of a web part, for example, is defined by Office UI Fabric and even the grid system is provided by that toolkit.
When you write a web part, you might worry more about how the same web part behaves in different containers already defined by the overall page design in SharePoint.

Time to show you a trick how this container pages optimisation is possible in the SharePoint Framework and show the basics.

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