Display special character in SharePoint global navigation, quick launch and breadcrumb

On my SharePoint global navigation menu, quick launch or breadcrumb, for pages that has special character in their name, the characters are encoded. For example, “Health & Safety” displays as “Health & Safety”, “Tomorrow’s Leader” displays as “Tomorrow#39;s”.

The solution for the global navigation is to add

EncodeTitle=”false” in the AspMenu control.

<!-- ------------| TOP NAVIGATION  |------------ -->
<div>
<!-- top navigation publishing data source -->
<SharePoint:AspMenu
   ID="TopNavigationMenuV4"
   Runat="server"
   EnableViewState="false"
   DataSourceID="topSiteMap"
   AccessKey="<%$Resources:wss,navigation_accesskey%>"
   UseSimpleRendering="true"
   UseSeparateCss="false"
   Orientation="Horizontal"
   StaticDisplayLevels="1"
   MaximumDynamicDisplayLevels="1"
   SkipLinkText=""
   EncodeTitle="false"
   CssClass="s4-tn"/>

<asp:SiteMapDataSource
   ShowStartingNode="False"
   SiteMapProvider="CombinedNavSiteMapProvider"
   id="topSiteMap"
   runat="server"/>
</div>
<!-- ------------| TOP NAVIGATION  |------------ -->
The solution for the quick launch is to add EncodeTitle=”false” in the quick launch control:
<SharePointWebControls:AspMenu id="V4QuickLaunchMenu" runat="server" EnableViewState="false" DataSourceId="QuickLaunchSiteMap" UseSimpleRendering="true" EncodeTitle="false" UseSeparateCss="false" Orientation="Vertical" StaticDisplayLevels="10" MaximumDynamicDisplayLevels="7" SkipLinkText="" CssClass="s4-ql noindex" />
The solution for the breadcrumb is different. We need to add javascript to do this. Here is the js code:
<script type="text/javascript">

    jQuery(document).ready(function () {

        fixSiteTitleBug();

    });

    function fixSiteTitleBug()
    {
        var searchAmp = '&amp;';
        var replaceAmp = '&';
        var searchQuote = '#39;';
        var replaceQuote = '\'';

        // Fix Quick Launch items
        var html = jQuery('#s4-leftpanel-content').html().replace(searchPattern, replacement);
        jQuery('#s4-leftpanel-content').html(html);

        // Fix breadcrumb items
        jQuery('a.SolidBreadCrumbRoot').each(function () {
            jQuery(this).html(jQuery(this).html().replace(searchAmp , replaceAmp ));
        });

        jQuery('a.SolidBreadCrumb').each(function () {
            jQuery(this).html(jQuery(this).html().replace(searchAmp , replaceAmp ));
        });

        jQuery('.SolidBreadCrumbCurrent').each(function () {
            jQuery(this).html(jQuery(this).html().replace(searchAmp , replaceAmp ));
        });

        jQuery('a.SolidBreadCrumbRoot').each(function () {
            jQuery(this).html(jQuery(this).html().replace(searchQuote, replaceQuote));
        });

        jQuery('a.SolidBreadCrumb').each(function () {
            jQuery(this).html(jQuery(this).html().replace(searchQuote, replaceQuote));
        });

        jQuery('.SolidBreadCrumbCurrent').each(function () {
            jQuery(this).html(jQuery(this).html().replace(searchQuote, replaceQuote));
        });
    }

</script>
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Display the home link in top navigation menu in SharePoint 2010

On my SharePoint 2010 site, I needed to display a home link in the top navigation menu. One way of doing it is to add a heading called “Home” in the navigation list(Site Actions->Site Settings->Look and Feel->Navigation->Navigation Editing and Sorting). After adding this, all the back end pages have a top navigation menu with two Home links. So  I needed to do it in a way that works for both front end and back end.

1. Open the master page in SharePoint Designer 2010.

2. Search for “topSiteMap”. 5 lines after that, change the value of StaticDisplayLevels to 2.  3 lines after that, you should see a tag called asp:SiteMapDataSource. Change the value of ShowStartingNode to True.

Here is all the code for the navigation menu in the master page:

<div id=”s4-topheader2″ style=”border:0;background:transparent;”>
<a name=”startNavigation”></a>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderTopNavBar” runat=”server”>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderHorizontalNav” runat=”server”>
<SharePoint:AspMenu
ID=”TopNavigationMenuV4″
Runat=”server”
EnableViewState=”false”
DataSourceID=”topSiteMap”
AccessKey=”<%$Resources:wss,navigation_accesskey%>”
UseSimpleRendering=”true”
UseSeparateCss=”false”
Orientation=”Horizontal”
StaticDisplayLevels=”2″
MaximumDynamicDisplayLevels=”3″
SkipLinkText=””
CssClass=”s4-tn noindex”/>
<asp:SiteMapDataSource ShowStartingNode=”True” SiteMapProvider=”CombinedNavSiteMapProvider” id=”topSiteMap” runat=”server”/>
</asp:ContentPlaceHolder>
</asp:ContentPlaceHolder>
</div>