I'm using the Publishing feature of SharePoint. I have a custom Content Type that inherits from the ArticlePage Content Type, and is bound to the Pages list of a given site. My custom Content Type uses a custom display name for one of the columns. When I'm querying the Page list and iterating over the items using a repeater, accessing my custom column with


I get an error:

Column 'CustomDisplayName' does not exist. It may have been deleted by another user.

If I use the internal name it works fine. I have verified that the given page has my custom Content Type, and I have verified that my custom Content Type lists the column with my custom display name.

Client code expects there to be a 'CustomDisplayName' column but it doesn't know if the 'CustomDisplayName' column overrides a base column or defines a new. E.g. "CustomPreamble" may override the ArticlePage's Preamble column, or it may reference some other column, hence I cannnot use "Preamble" to access it.

Any clues as to what's going on?

  • You mention the internal name does work, so why not use that instead? I always prefer internal name or ID, since the displayname can be subject to changes.
    – Jasper
    Oct 10, 2012 at 8:42
  • The custom Content Type's "CustomDisplayName" column isn't necessarily always based on the same default column. Example: "MyCustomPreamble" may or may not use the ArticlePage's Preamble column. The client code only knows there's a "MyCustomPreamble" column. I'll update my question with those details.
    – claesv
    Oct 10, 2012 at 8:47
  • Ok. Tried the Get options? Like SPFieldCollection.GetField or SPFieldCollection.ContainsField on the content type object?
    – Jasper
    Oct 10, 2012 at 8:55
  • I'm iterating over SPListItems so that won't help. I printed out all the field name and the Display Name (Field.Title) isn't my custom name, but rather the default (static) name. It appears that fetching items using SPQuery and SPList.GetItems screws things up.
    – claesv
    Oct 10, 2012 at 9:25
  • While investigating further I discovered some oddities - see here sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/47553/…
    – claesv
    Oct 10, 2012 at 11:24


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