I am attempting to create a Visual Web Part to display users with presence (will be adding custom property to allow end users to choose which department's users they display)

However while I can retrieve and display data from the User Information List, it doesn't render as I might expect it to. Rather than showing the title (User's name/presence and hyperlink) in a list format, it is just showing them as strings.


SPWeb currentWeb = SPContext.Current.Web;
SPListItemCollection listOfUsers = currentWeb.SiteUserInfoList.GetItems();
ListView1.DataSource = listOfUsers.GetDataTable();


<asp:ListView ID="ListView1" runat="server">
                <asp:Label ID="Title" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("Title") %>' />

Is it possible to get my ascx to show the user with presence? rather than as just a string?

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Generate some html dynamically like this:

<img class="PresenceImage" src="/_layouts/images/imnhdr.gif" onload="IMNRC('USEREMAIL')" name="imnmark" ShowOfflinePawn="1" id="IMID[GUID]" />     

Javascript function "IMNRC" do the magic


  • Thank you, Marco. This helped me down the right path. I managed to get it working using some more spans, classes and the sip attribute.
    – greensmith
    Sep 8, 2015 at 18:17

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