XSLT Tricks

Doing the XSLT for SharePoint can be frustrating,
especially getting custom site columns or values you’re not sure about if they actually
exists in a certain context. For the standard item styles most of you might know the

<xsl:for-each select="@*">

      <xsl:value-of select="name()"/>

      <xsl:value-of select="."/>  <br/>



That let you display all the variables you
can access with name and value.  Now that
makes sense, it allows you to pick the values you want, and put them easily in your
xHTML template creating very nice looking views.

Since you can style the search almost the
same way as standard XSLT results one would assume you can use the same template to
display all the properties accessible from search, too bad that assumption is wrong.  The
trick would be the following code:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

      <xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">

            <xsl:output method="xml" version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" indent="yes"/>

                  <xsl:template match="/">

                        <xmp><xsl:copy-of select="*"/></xmp>




It will allow you to get all indexed
values that you can use, combining that with adding additional columns you can easily
check whether the columns are filled for a specific result set. (By adding columns
to the search results you can see if a certain column is filled as you expected).  

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