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I am working on SharePoint enterprise server 2013. and i have created 2 site collections:-

  1. Team site

  2. Enterprise Wiki

now i want to allow users to access these 2 site collections using mobile views. so i checked if the "Mobile Browser View" site feature is enabled. and i have noted the following :-

  1. On Team Site the "Mobile Browser View" is enabled by default.

  2. While on the Enterprise Wiki it is disabled by default.

so can anyone adivce if there is a valid reason from MS why the "Mobile Browser View" got enabled by default in Team sites, while it is disabled by default inside Enterprise wikis ??

second question. is enabling and disabling a "Mobile Browser View" on sites have any adv/disa ? or i can dynamically do this . i am comparing it with Publishing features , where if i enable Publishing features new lists will be created and additional options will be shown, and even if i disabled the Publishing features the lists will stay. so for "Mobile Browser View" is it more safer to enable/disable it compared to Publishing features?

Thanks

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Mobile Browser View is disabled by default inside Enterprise wikis because of

  • The wiki page is not rendered properly (blank) on mobile devices
  • Rich text editor is not supported on mobile devices.

I also read that

Mobile access is not supported for Web sites based on legacy WIKI site definitions.

Ref : official Microsoft article Overview of Mobile Pages and the Redirection System

So if you need to use Mobile view it's recommended to use the Team site rather than Enterprise wiki site

  • so are you saying that the enterprise wiki site collection inside the sharepoint 2013 ,, is based on a legacy wiki site definitions ?? second point my in my case i do not want to use team sites, as the wiki library inside it will be based on Text layout rather than page layout.. and inside the text layout i can not custom it to be showing additional categories beside the built-in "Wiki Category",, now we are building a wiki for all the departments for our company so i need to have the most flexible and enterprise appraoch which is found inside the Enterprise wiki SC.. – john Gu Nov 28 '16 at 14:27
  • but sure if MS will release a fix for the enterprise wiki site collection limitation on mobile devices – john Gu Nov 28 '16 at 14:28
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    for the third point . check this technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj673030.aspx check the Table: Browser-based mobile views on SharePoint site templates : it mentions only the supported template for Mobile view – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Nov 28 '16 at 16:51
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    for second point , based on my knowledge no fixes for this limitation till now from Microsoft – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Nov 28 '16 at 16:51
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    for first comment for this purpose why you don't use publishing template rather than wiki site ?!! – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Nov 28 '16 at 17:35
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M.Qassas has answered your first question. So, I will answer the second question related to advantages/disadvantages of mobile browser view feature.

There is one major disadvantage that I see - In case you have activated publishing features and you are using Content Editor/Script editor webparts on a publishing page, then you might have the below error on mobile devices:

(Some apps, such as Content Editor(script editor), are not supported in mobile view. Tapping on title area can bring up navigation window.)

So, you will need to turn off(deactivate) the feature, Mobile browser view and after that it will render correctly on mobile devices.

  • or i can keep it enable ,, and if the user face the error , they can re-direct to the normal view – john Gu Nov 28 '16 at 14:29
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    what about custom pages or site pages ? If you are using Script editor/content editor webparts on any publishing page or wiki page, then they will face this error there. – Gautam Sheth Nov 29 '16 at 8:36
  • i did not get your point what is the relation between having publishing page + script editor + mobile browser view activated ?? can you explain it in more details if u can. – john Gu Nov 30 '16 at 1:20
  • I dont have an explanation for this. But this looks to be an issue at the SharePoint product level. Microsoft has purposely (for some reason, unknown to us) disabled script editor/CEWP webparts in mobile view. Looking from my viewpoint as SP developer/consultant, i dont see any relation as to why this should occur. But the people behind SP product may have a different viewpoint about this. Sorry, dont have a better explanation for this. I faced this issue and had to deactivate the feature to resolve it. Hence wrote this as a disadvantage :) – Gautam Sheth Dec 1 '16 at 16:14

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