Okay, this is my first question so forgive me if this is long winded.

TLDR: I cannot seem to be able to target or get the Value ID of the Category Column in a blog post rollup. Why is this?

SharePoint Version/s: Office 365/SharePoint Online, SP 2013. Also have SharePoint Designer.


I'm still fairly new to xsl and usually just keep trying code until it works (or doesn't). I have created a new Item Style for a "Feature News Rollup" CQWP to display Blog Posts on my home page. It looks a little like this (where each item has a background image):

CQWP displaying  blog posts in a table of one large image/link to left, and three smaller images/links on the right

I am having some trouble with the Categories in the top left of the main blog post. The categories come from the default Post's Category lookup multi field. Through some searching I have changed the style from default Category1;Category2;Category4 to create end and start span tag for each.

What I need to do / Problem:

Now that that I have them separated, I need to get them to link to the page that has them filtered by Category ID. Url is:


where {ID} in this case in the Lookup Value ID. I have seen through my searches to separate each category that for SP 2007 and 2010 (at least) the Lookup value has "behind-the-scenes" code:


BUT, I can not seem to target the [LookupID] at all. Every variation of concat, substring-before, and substring-after have no results and gives me the impression that in O365 (at least) and in SharePoint 2013, [LookupID] simply does not exist or cannot be targeted.

It seems to me that its "behind-the-scenes" code is:


Bonus code (separates each Category into own span):

I got the code for the template called MultiSelectDisplay from http://spxslt.codeplex.com/discussions/453868

<span class="FNewsCategory">
<xsl:call-template name="MultiSelectDisplay"> 
    <xsl:with-param name="MultiSelectValue" select="@PostCategory" />
    <xsl:with-param name="MultiSelectDelimiter" select="'; '" />
    <xsl:with-param name="MultiSelectSeparator" select="'&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;FNewsCategory&quot;&gt;'" />
    <xsl:with-param name="Link" select="''" />


  • Is it even possible to get the [LookupID] at all in SharePoint 2013 and O365?
  • Is it possible to do this through xsl? If so, how do i do this?
  • If it is not possible through xsl, how would you recommend I get the same results that this CQWP is providing me?

1 Answer 1


My Solution: Javascript

I've ended up using a javascript file to finish the job. In the ItemStyle.xsl I have used an edited version of the MultiSelectDisplay code above to give them start and end <div> tags with a class (FNewsCategory). I have then created a javascript file (with help) to:

  • Look for a containing the Category name (e.g. Special).
  • Add a class (e.g. FNewsSpecial). This is so I could add a different background color based on different categories.
  • Add a link to this particular category (needs to be hardcoded, full URL).

Before Javascript:

<div class="FNewsCategory">Special</div>

After Javascript:

<div class="FNewsCategory FNewsSpecial">
    <a href=".../Lists/Categories/Category.aspx?CategoryId=5">Collaboration</a>

Ultimately this means that for every category I have, I need to make sure there is a corresponding link in the javascript file. That's not too bad because I don't plan on using all too many.

Unanswered Question: Is it even possible to get the [LookupID] at all in SharePoint 2013 and O365?

I still haven't found an answer to whether or not you can get the [LookupID], but I will keep searching.

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