DisplayName (as opposed to StaticName) means the name of the column which is shown on forms and as the header in list views, e.g., Region Name. The StaticName would be Region_x0020_Name, i.e., the underlying column name.


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StaticName (as opposed to DisplayName) means the underlying column name, e.g., Region_x0020_Name. This is also sometimes called the 'internal name' for the column. The DisplayName would be Region Name, i.e., the name of the column which is shown on forms and as the header in list views. Probably the easiest way to determine the StaticName if you don't know it is to go to List Settings and click on the column name link. When you get to the column properties page, check the URL. It will end in something like this:
The StaticName is the value for the Field parameter at the end. This is a little tricky because some of the characters are further encoded. Any occurrences of '%5F' need to be replaced with an underscore '_'. Examples:

  • Potential%5Fx0020%5FValue -> Potential_x0020_Value
  • Child%5Fx0020%5FSite%5Fx0020%5FName -> Child_x0020_Site_x0020_Name

Big thanks to Marc D. Anderson for allowing me to use his documentation.

Last edited Feb 9, 2012 at 7:14 PM by iOnline247, version 1


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