All posts by Alexander Bautz

DFFS package updated

I have made some further enhancements to the require.js loading method for “Custom JS files” in the Custom JS tab. Based on the feedback,  I’m fairly confident it will work as it did before Microsoft decided to include require.js in SharePoint online.

Read the change log to see all changes.

Please post any feedback on this version in the comments below, or in the forum.

Best regards,

DFFS v4.4.3.5 – hopefully sorted the custom js loading files issue

Thanks for the patience!

I have now released a new version with a few changes, and hopefully a final fix for the loading custom js files problem. See change log and additional help text in the Custom JS tab in DFFS.

In addition to the hopefully last fix on the load custom js files, I have made a a hopefully significant improvement on the load time in large forms. Please report back how the load time changes with this new version.

Post your findings below, or use the forum.

Best regards,

Know issue with DFFS v4.4.3.3

There is unfortunately one issue with the latest version related to loading of custom js files and the custom js textarea.

If you have a rule triggering onload that calls on a function loaded in custom js, this rule will fail with an error message telling that the function isn’t defined.

The reason for this is that the loading of the require.js script that’s used for loading all other dependencies will defer the loading of custom js for a few milliseconds – enough for the rules to trigger.

I have tried to fix it, and a new version of the DFFS_frontend_min.js file can be downloaded here.

Please let me know if this fixes the issue, and I’ll wrap up a full package of files with this patch.

Sorry for the inconvenience,


DFFS v4.4.3.3 published

I have fixed a few bugs and changed a few things based on feedback on the previous release – you find the change log here.

I have updated the DFFS user manual with the latest changes, but please let me know if I have forgotten something.

To all that has reported issues with the latest version: Please test to see if the issues have been fixed, and either reply to this post, or follow up on the forum post where the issue was first raised.

I want to thank all who has provided feedback on bugs and enhancement proposals, and I want to send a special big thanks to Rudolf Vehring for his help with testing this and previous version – and for providing valuable feedback and suggestions.


Status update / known issues on DFFS v4.4.3.0

I have gotten some feedback on the latest version, and are working on investigating and resolving these issues. See the log below for status:

Loading external JS files in Custom JS

There are some problems loading external files like jQuery UI in the “Load these files before executing the Custom JS” textarea in the Custom JS tab.

I have looked into it, and on SharePoint online it’s related to the require.js module loader being loaded with SharePoint. This makes for example jQuery UI detect the presence of require.js and therefore registers itself as a require.js module and not on the global jQuery object.

I’m still not done investigating, but you may try this approach:

You may also try jQuery UI v1.10.4 instead of v1.12.1 as the version is the last one without detection of require.js / AMD.

Operator select on rules fails to set options as “disabled”

Depending on the trigger type used in rules, some of the operators in the dropdows should be disabled. This doesn’t always work so you may end up with selecting a operator that isn’t actually valid for that trigger.

Using the option to load files from a custom DFFS folder

When using this option in the new DFFS installer, the overlay and loader was still referred from the default “DFFS” folder. This will be fixed to all files are loaded from the custom folder.

Missing “is not equal” operator on multichoice fields

This will be in place in the next release.

Set field value in rules: Only if the field is empty

The “Only if the field is empty” checkbox failed to save the checked state, and therefore this setting was not respected in the rule – overwriting a previously set value in case this rule was triggered.

Missing tooltip icon in some cases

I changed the default tooltip icon from the built in “/_layouts/images/hhelp.gif” to a unicode character. Unfortunately this unicode character wasn’t available in all platforms – effectively rendering the icon as a square. I have added a new default tooltip icon in the next release.

Due to the investigation of the custom js loading issues I have fallen a bit behind on replying to forum posts and other feedback on the latest release – and also haven’t been able to get the user manuals updated with the latest changes to DFFS and the plugins. I hope to get up to speed during the weekend.

Best regards,

DFFS v4.4.3.0

After a loooong BETA period, and quite a few modification to DFFS and the plugins, I’m finally ready with a new production release.

There are a few nice additions like better backup / restore functionality with support for creating restore points, and new loader functionality that lets you load different DFFS versions side by side in the same site. This way you can do a gradual upgrade of DFFS  – one form at the time.

Please read the full change log to see all changes. You find the change log here:

Follow the download link here to get the new package.

Please note that the user manual hasn’t been updated yet, but I’ll do my best to update the manual within a few days.

Please post questions in the appropriate forum:

Best regards,


DFFS New BETA version finally ready

I have uploaded a new BETA version of DFFS and plugins.

I’m sorry for the long delay from the previous BETA, and that I cannot give you a production ready release.

Based on feedback from the previous BETA I had to do some changes to how multichoice field triggers was handled, and this turned out to be a bit more complicated than I first anticipated.

When I was at it, I ended up doing quite a bit more work to enhance the DFFS backend experience – with for example better version control and backup and restore functionality.

Read the change log and get the DFFS-package here, and please post any feedback in the forum.

Best regards,