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Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Designer 2007 Step by Step by Penelope Coventry

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Customizing Data Views

Data Views provide virtually limitless possibilities for formatting data. Like LVWPs, Data Views do not contain data; they point to data stored elsewhere. When you request a page, SharePoint queries the SQL Server content database for the properties of the Data View to find the location of the data. Then the Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Data Retrieval Service obtains the data as XML, and SharePoint dynamically transforms the data to HTML as described by the XSLT in the Data View. SharePoint Designer displays the returned XML data in the Data Source Details task pane and in the Design View. You can use the Design view as a visual XSLT editor, so you can manipulate the XML data in the Data View Web Part using the ...

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