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In the Flat.aspx page of a discussion forum, i have to higlight the reply if the poster belongs to a certain group. How do I achieve that?

I tried modifying the Profile.xsl file that the listview uses, but none of the changes are getting reflected. Am I looking at the wrong xsl file? Or is there some other way to do it?

Please help!

Many thanks in advance

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1 Answer 1

This could be accomplished on client side. Below is provided full solution description.

Script for highlighting discussion list replies:

ExecuteOrDelayUntilScriptLoaded(highlightDiscussion, "sp.js");

function highlightDiscussion()
   var discussionGroupId = 3;
   var clientContext = new SP.ClientContext.get_current;
   var groups = clientContext.get_web().get_siteGroups();
   var group = groups.getById(discussionGroupId);   //
   this.groupUsers = group.get_users();
   clientContext.executeQueryAsync(Function.createDelegate(this, this.onQuerySucceeded), Function.createDelegate(this, this.onQueryFailed));


function resolveUserForReply(replyItem)
     var userEntry = {};
     var replyRow = replyItem.closest('tr');
     var userUrl = replyRow.find('a').attr('href');
     userEntry.ID = userUrl.match(/ID=([^&]+)/)[1];
     return userEntry;

function highlightReply(replyItem)
    replyItem.css({'background-color': '#00ffcc'});

function highlightReplyForUser(userId)
    $('div[class^="ExternalClass"]').each(function(index) {
        var user = resolveUserForReply($(this));
        if(userId == user.ID)

function onQuerySucceeded() {
    var ie = groupUsers.getEnumerator();
    while (ie.moveNext()) {
       var user = ie.get_current();

function onQueryFailed(sender, args) {

    alert('Request failed. ' + args.get_message() + '\n' + args.get_stackTrace());

How to make it work:

  1. Save this script as a file DiscussionsHighlight.js and place it to LAYOUTS folder
  2. Embed specified file and jquery files into discussion list, for example add it to Flat.aspx like shown below:

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On picture below is displayed discussion list with highlighted replies for users who belongs to specific group (see parameter discussionGroupId in script )

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