Customize the rendering of a List View in Sharepoint 2013: Displaying List Items in Accordion


We have already discussed how to create Accordion List View in SharePoint 2010 in this post.
SharePoint 2013 introduces client side rendering framework for List View that allows to define the rendering logic of SharePoint list views using HTML/JavaScript. So, let’s discuss how to create Accordion List View in SharePoint 2013 based on client-side rendering.

For demonstration purposes we will create FAQ List based on Custom List. Default view for our list  will look like this


And our goal here to customize it in such a way list items will be displayed  in accordion as shown below



In order to simplify our solution we restrict ourselves to the creation of client side rendering template only and applying it to the existing List View. If you are interested how to build custom solution for Accordion List  please follow my post about creating Accordion List View for SharePoint 2010.

Create Custom List for FAQ

FAQ List is based on Custom List. For storing questions we will utilize Title field, for Answers we will create new field with Note type

Create  client-side rendered view for Accordion

Client-side rendered view of an FAQ list is presented below

(function () {
function OnAccordionViewPostRender(renderCtx) {
jQuery(function() {
jQuery( "#accordionFAQ" ).accordion();
function loadCss(url){
var link = document.createElement('link');
link.href = url;
link.rel = 'stylesheet';
function OnAccordionViewPreRender(renderCtx) {
function RenderAccordionViewBodyTemplate(renderCtx) {
var listData = renderCtx.ListData;
if (renderCtx.Templates.Body == '') {
return RenderViewTemplate(renderCtx);
var accordionHtml ='';
accordionHtml = '<div id="accordionFAQ">';
for (var idx in listData.Row) {
var listItem = listData.Row[idx];
accordionHtml += '<h3>';
accordionHtml += listItem.Title;
accordionHtml += '</h3>';
accordionHtml += '<div>';
accordionHtml += listItem.Answer;
accordionHtml += '</div>';
accordionHtml += '</div>';
return accordionHtml;
function _registerAccordionViewTemplate() {
var accordionViewContext = {};
//accordionViewContext.BaseViewID = 'Accordion';
accordionViewContext.Templates = {};
accordionViewContext.Templates.View = RenderAccordionViewBodyTemplate;
accordionViewContext.OnPreRender = OnAccordionViewPreRender;
accordionViewContext.OnPostRender = OnAccordionViewPostRender;
ExecuteOrDelayUntilScriptLoaded(_registerAccordionViewTemplate, 'clienttemplates.js');

Customize a List View

The last step is to apply client-side rendering template to existing view. Let’s first add FAQ List instance on on page, after that  we only need to specify JSLink property value for List View

Please note that actually  three JavaScript files have been specified(the first two are jQuery libraries) for  JSLink property. All of them are stored in my case in hive, but of course they could be stored not only in file system.

Customize the rendering of a List View in Sharepoint 2010: Displaying List Items in Accordion


The creation of non standard presentations for Lists/Libraries  is a fairly common  scenario and using the XSLT List View Web Part (XLV) possibilities that can be achieved pretty easily.
Let’s take a look how to render list of question and answers using Accordion Menu in SharePoint. Actually the idea for this post appeared after posting  of corresponding question on StackOverflow.
So, let’s discuss how it could be accomplished using XLV. For Accordion we will utilize jQuery UI library.



FAQ Custom List

First of all, let us define where  the questions and answers (FAQ) we’ll be stored. For this we will use Custom List with Content Type.

<ContentType ID="0x0100fb1027dc96a44bf280f6cb823a8da5ae"
Description="FAQ Content Type"
<FieldRef Name="LinkTitle" ID="{82642ec8-ef9b-478f-acf9-31f7d45fbc31}" DisplayName="Question" Sealed="TRUE"/>
<FieldRef Name="LinkTitleNoMenu" ID="{bc91a437-52e7-49e1-8c4e-4698904b2b6d}" DisplayName="Question" Sealed="TRUE"/>
<FieldRef Name="Title" ID="{fa564e0f-0c70-4ab9-b863-0177e6ddd247}" DisplayName="Question" Sealed="TRUE"/>
<FieldRef ID="{b0747420-54bc-41b2-a1b3-8432f2dbdc70}" Name="Answer"/>

Custom View for arranging items using jQuery UI Accordion

After creating Custom List we add new View for displaying Accordion for FAQ items

<View BaseViewID="10" Type="HTML" WebPartZoneID="Main" DisplayName="Accordion" DefaultView="FALSE" SetupPath="pages\viewpage.aspx" ImageUrl="/_layouts/images/generic.png" Url="Accordion.aspx">
<Toolbar Type="Standard" />
<XslLink Default="TRUE">FAQ.xsl</XslLink>
<RowLimit Paged="TRUE">30</RowLimit>
<FieldRef Name="Title" ID="{fa564e0f-0c70-4ab9-b863-0177e6ddd247}" DisplayName="Question" Sealed="TRUE"/>
<FieldRef Name="Answer" ID="{b0747420-54bc-41b2-a1b3-8432f2dbdc70}"></FieldRef>
<FieldRef Name="ID"></FieldRef>

XSLT style sheet for rendering Accordion View

XSLT style sheet for FAQ List is intended for the following purposes:

  • loading jQuery Core and UI Libraries
  • rendering list items using layout as specified for Accordion menu
  • initializing and rendering Accordion for List items

<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:x=""
version="1.0" exclude-result-prefixes="xsl msxsl ddwrt x d asp __designer SharePoint ddwrt2"
<xsl:import href="/_layouts/xsl/main.xsl"/>
<xsl:output method="html" indent="no"/>
<xsl:template match="View[@BaseViewID='10']" mode="full" ddwrt:ghost="always">
<tr class="ms-viewheadertr"></tr>
<div id="accordionFAQ">
<xsl:apply-templates select="." mode="RenderView" />
<xsl:apply-templates mode="footer" select="." />
<xsl:template mode="Item" match="Row[../../@BaseViewID='10']" ddwrt:ghost="always">
<xsl:param name="Fields" select="."/>
<xsl:param name="Collapse" select="."/>
<xsl:param name="Position" select="1"/>
<xsl:param name="Last" select="1"/>
<xsl:variable name="thisNode" select="."/>
<xsl:value-of select="$thisNode/@Title" />
<xsl:value-of select="$thisNode/@Answer" disable-output-escaping="yes" />
<xsl:template name="FAQViewOverride" mode="RootTemplate" match="View[List/@TemplateType=11999]" ddwrt:dvt_mode="root">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="" />
<script src=""></script>
<script src=""></script>
$(function() {
$( "#accordionFAQ" ).accordion();
<xsl:call-template name="View_Default_RootTemplate"/>

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Using jQuery UI Accordion

jQuery Core and UI libraries are injected during XSLT style sheet processing. After JavaScript files which hosted on Microsoft CDN are loaded, jQuery UI Accordion is initialized for items.

<xsl:template name="FAQViewOverride" mode="RootTemplate" match="View[List/@TemplateType=11999]" ddwrt:dvt_mode="root">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="" />
<script src=""></script>
<script src=""></script>
$(function() {
$( "#accordionFAQ" ).accordion();
<xsl:call-template name="View_Default_RootTemplate"/>


FAQ List Accordion View rendered in XLV is shown below on picture

FAQ Accordion View