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Minimal Download Strategy

Apr 15, 2013 at 8:06 AM

On SharePoint 2013 there is a new nice feature called Minimal download Strategy- MDS. This feature makes rendering of the pages only apply to changes to the page. This makes the browsing on the pages look very good and fast.

I applied the excellent Responsive Design package to a Publishing Portal and a Team site.
On both I noticed that the pages loads completely each time a click a link to a library or a page.
It does not look good. The page first go blank before master page elements and pages are loaded.
-> The Minimal Download Strategy does not work.

Turning OFF the MDS feature on the site, makes the page load faster, but still the full page is loaded and it does not look as good as the MDS turned on a OOB SharePoint Master Page.

I am a IT Pro and does not know how to solve it. Anyway I hope this can be solved, since I like these packages very much. I found a few hints that might help:

Randy Drisgill blog and his Starter Master Pages on codeplex:

A possible JS solution:

Hope my tips can help to make your solution even better. :)

Have Fun!
Per Ove
Apr 16, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Minimal Download Strategy (MDS) is really nice in theory but I have not seen it work well in practice. This may be because I normally work with Publishing sites and MDS was not designed to work with publishing sites (at least that is what I have been continually told). Makes sense because of the URL's at a minimum, but I think the Page class used for Publishing pages may not be optimized for MDS.

Unfortunately I am not sure what has changed in the Bootstrap master page that would cause this additional flicker. If we find a solution to this we will post an update. If anyone else figures this out please respond in this thread so we can all learn.

Nov 6, 2013 at 9:14 AM
Hi Per Ove,

Check out the WSP Edition of Responsive SharePoint at .

Not only is it compatible with SharePoint Foundation, it's also MDS-compliant. Let me know what you think of of it!