SharePoint Tagging Feature by KWizCom

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SharePoint Tagging Feature by KWizCom

The SharePoint Tagging Feature provides an extensive Taxonomy management solution for SharePoint-based implementations: Document Management; Collaboration workspaces; Portals; Internet web sites. This all-in-one solution supports both Web 2.0-style tagging and hierarchical/structured categories.

Tag Cloud Web Part
The Tag Cloud web part allows you to view your tags in 4 different convenient ways.

  • Tag Cloud View: Each tag has a different size which is determined by the ratio of its usage in comparison with other tags. This way it is easier for you to find what your users are using the most, while still having a full picture of all site tags.
  • Tag Index View: In this view the tags are listed and sorted alphabetically, for easier access to all tags.
  • Category Tree: In this view the tags are displayed as a category tree with parent-child relations.
  • Tag Menu: In this view the tags are displayed as a menu bar, easily integrated in SharePoint's Master page to provide logical, cross-site navigation by categories.

Tags Search page
KWizCom Tagging Feature is fully integrated with WSS/MOSS search engine.
Once you click a tag/category, you get all content items (cross site & cross site-collection) that are tagged to the clicked tag. You can click on the item's title to see its details and you can click on the "Subscribe" link (located at the top right corner of the page) in order to receive email notification when an item has been tagged with the tag you selected, or when a tagged item has been modified.

Cross browser support
KWizCom Tagging Feature supports both Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

Tagging by anonymous users
The tagging feature supports Anonymous users as well, thus enabling deploying a full tagging solution as a part of Internet web site.

Tagging from Microsoft Office applications
The "Tags" field type was implemented also to enable users to use it from within Office 2007 applications. Users can tag documents directly from the Office 2007 property panel.

Control new tags creation
When creating the "tags" column, you can enable or disable the option to create new tags, by check the "Allow users add new tags" checkbox. This enables you to define a Tags field where content editors can use it to tag content, but cannot add new tags or delete existing tags.


Editor review


Solid tagging solution with basic taxonomy

KWizCom’s product was clearly built first and foremost for tagging, with taxonomy management thrown in as an extra bonus. As a result, implementers will likely get more features than they’d expect from a standard tagging solution – such as the ability to select tags from a list. At the same time, those interested in taxonomy management may be disappointed in limitations of the product, such as the inability to rename tags centrally, create tag synonyms or (easily) import tags from a standardized source via XML. Nonetheless, the product offers a number of innovative features that more full-featured taxonomy management applications don’t incorporate – such as the ability for tags to have multiple parents as well as support for multiple taxonomy definitions on a single site, including per list definitions.

Product Reviews

- Simple and reliable Windows installation experience.
- Features are described clearly on website; setup and configuration are intuitive.
- Support for multiple taxonomies, including list specific taxonomies.
- Tag subscription model, including customizable user alerts.
- Tags can be cross-referenced to multiple parent nodes.
- Permits user generated tags.
- Tags stored in plain text simplifying integration (filters, client integration, CQWP, etc).
- Case always honors centralized tag list, even if manually entered with conflicting case.
- All web part display formats consolidated into a single centralized web part.
- Web part reasonably flexible; allows customizing tag count, font size, link URL, etc.
- Web part tag menu supports multiple skins (built-in).
- Web part includes customizable template, style sheet and even CSS class “namespacing” (via custom prefix).
- Tag definitions can be scoped to the current site, the site collection or even referenced from a remote site.
- Tag library displayed as a flat list, unable to sort by path or parent.
- No ability to import lists from a hierarchical source (e.g., XML).
- No ability to auto-select parent tags in hierarchy.
- Users cannot modify tag details pages via GUI.
- When clicking on a tag with only one item, user is forwarded to that item. This is an inconsistent user experience and prevents subscribing to that tag.
- SharePoint's "quick filter" (in column header) does not allow filtering by individual tags.
- No checking for duplicate tags; allows a content item to be tagged with the same tag multiple times.
- No sorting of tags; tags always display in order entered by users.
- No built-in customization of tag display; tags always display as semi-colon delimited list (with no spaces).
- SharePoint filters are unable to distinguish between partial word matches and full words.
- Web part tag menu skins cannot be customized by developers to match site.
- Does not expose tag counts in Web Parts except as implied via tag cloud.
- Does not track the difference between user contributed tags vs. administrator added or confirmed tags.
- While there is a centralized tag list, tags are not linked to content. Therefore, if a tag is renamed, content is not updated.
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