Does anyone know how to modify search results before they are rendered when the modification depends on data returned from an async request?

I have a requirement to filter some search results according to only show results from sites that the user is following.

So far I have done this by calling some JavaScript from my display template which iterates through the page of results and removes whichever are not amongst the users followed sites (which I have retrieved with the SocialFollowingManager).

This approach works but it does cause some problems around the results count and paging and I would much prefer to remove the unwanted result rows from the result set before they are rendered to the page.

I can do this by modifying the results in ctx.ListData.ResultTables[0].ResultRows but unfortunately by the time I have retrieved the data I need to do the filtering the page has loaded and the results have rendered.

Is there a way I can hold the rendering of the display template back while I wait for the async request to complete?

I tried using OnPreRender but even though the process was kicked off before the render began it still didn't work because the page loaded before the async call returned. I also tried requesting the data with a non-async call (just ExecuteQuery) but it seems that this isn't possible (see https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12147472/cant-get-clientcontext-exicutequery-to-work-in-javascript).

Or is there just a better way of doing this altogether?

  • Are you using SharePoint Online or SharePoint on premises? Nov 27, 2014 at 14:18
  • I'm on premises.
    – Tim
    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:06

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You can handle the OnPreRender handler. Here is a pseudo code you can try with

ctx.OnPreRender = preRenderHandler;

function preRenderHandler(ctx) {
    //Get the Page's user is following here

    //Remove the result here by accessing 

While retrieving Followed pages data you should hold back the call by making it Synchronous using jQuery promises




  • 1
    I'm not clear what you are suggesting Amal. I've tried using OnPreRender but it doesn't alter the fact that the CSOM api to retrieve social data only takes asyncronous calls. I don't see how using a promise rather than a callback would change this.
    – Tim
    Dec 5, 2014 at 10:28
  • @Tim I am suggesting to block the PreRender call till the SocailData is retrieved. Dec 5, 2014 at 10:33

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