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Say you have the following:

  • Planet List
  • Country List
  • Region List
  • Town List
  • Street List

Street List has a content type called "Street", which in it has a lookup to the Town List. So the flow for creating a new street is as follows:

  1. Create a planet.
  2. Create a country, specify planet in dropdown.
  3. Create a region, specify country in dropdown.
  4. Create town, specify region in dropdown.
  5. Create street, specify town in dropdown.

Each list has it's own specific properties (Planet has "SE Co-ordinates", Country has "Main language", etc..). This means that these cannot be used as managed metadata tags.

Now, I'm going to create a new document in the document library which has a content type using the "Street lookup" field.

Obviously, in the document information panel in Word - I'm going to get a gazilion different streets to choose from (including ones from other planets :P).

You can always hack your way around it in the UI. But this seems like really basic functionality - am I the first one to add addresses to documents in SharePoint??

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There are some third party solutions like SharePoint Cascaded Lookups from Codeplex, or using jQuery or Cross site and cascaded lookup from Virtosoftware.

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  • Hi, could you please read the document information panel part of the question
    – David
    Jun 10 '15 at 12:58

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