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Microsoft® SharePoint® Foundation 2010 Inside Out by Penelope Coventry Errin O’Connor Troy Lanphier, Johnathan Lightfoot, Thomas Resing, and Michael Doyle

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Using Modal Dialogs

A problem with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 was that every time a user clicked something, they were redirected to another page. Many users found this confusing; especially when they didn’t know what to do on the new page—should they click the browser’s back button or the Cancel button on the new page?

Microsoft has rewritten the interface to display information in a modal window by using Ajax so that the user never really leaves the page to complete most tasks. This reduces the number of page refreshes and round trips to the server. Now, much of the information that was displayed on page redirects and dialog boxes is displayed in the modal window, called modal dialogs. These are created by using the modal dialog framework ...

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