I continually have a question arise that seems easy to answer, yet from what I can tell, is not yet available with SharePoint out-of-the-box in its user interfaces. That question is:
In SharePoint 2010 publishing sites, the ribbon is the new way of life for authors. However for readers, the ribbon provides very little, if any, functionality. A few days ago, I was asked about hiding this empty space by a client. Their current 2010 master page had the ribbon moved to a custom position on their publishing sites. They had also suppressed the breadcrumb/folder navigation in the ribbon; thus for a typical reader view, there was no ribbon contents that would be displayed. However, the space on the page where the ribbon would live for authors still remained as empty space!
My professional focus for the last few years has been Microsoft’s SharePoint platform. I’ve been extremely happy with my consulting work on this platform thus far. Some people have heard of it and used it, especially if you’re in front of a computer most of the day for your job. SharePoint is one of, if not the, fastest growing Microsoft product/platform. I will be extensively blogging about SharePoint and its various features.