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Cross-Site Collection Navigation

Cross-site collection navigation refers to a Web-based user interface that allows you to access sites that are located in different site collections. It is also named global navigation.

Like with ASP.NET applications, SharePoint uses site maps to implement navigation. Site maps describe the structure of a Web site to the navigational controls that provide the user interface. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 includes a site map provider that allows users to navigate the sites that are within the current site collection. If you want your application to support global navigation, you can customize it in one of two ways:

  • You can extend SharePoint's site map provider.
  • You can write a custom site map provider.

The following subtopics discuss these techniques:


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