Webpage (HTML) web resources


Applies To: Dynamics CRM 2013

Use webpage (HTML) web resources to create user interface elements for client extensions.

In This Topic

Capabilities of HTML web resources

Limitations of HTML web resources

Use the text editor for HTML web resources

Prevent editing of web resources for managed solutions

Reference other web resources from an HTML web resource

Pass parameters to HTML web resources

Capabilities of HTML web resources

Because an HTML web resource is just streamed to the user's browser, it can include any content that is rendered on the user's browser.

Limitations of HTML web resources

  • An HTML web resource can’t contain any code that must be executed on the server. ASP.NET pages can’t be uploaded as HTML web resources.

  • HTML web resources can only accept one custom query string parameter called "data".

Use the text editor for HTML web resources

The text editor provided in the web resource form is intended for use with very simple HTML editing. For more sophisticated HTML documents, you should edit the code in an external editor and use the Browse button to upload the contents of your file.

For example, a more complex HTML page that requires script to render the contents of the page will begin like the following sample.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
 <script src="Script/Script.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
 <link href="CSS/Styles.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
<body onload="SDK.ImportWebResources.showData()">
 <div id="results" />

After the document is opened in the text editor and saved, the HTML will be changed to this.

<META charset=utf-8></HEAD>
<BODY contentEditable=true onload=SDK.ImportWebResources.showData()>
<SCRIPT type=text/javascript src="Script/Script.js"></SCRIPT>
 <LINK rel=stylesheet type=text/css href="CSS/Styles.css">
<DIV id=results></DIV></BODY></HTML>

Prevent editing of web resources for managed solutions

Because of the capability for the HTML in web resources to be changed by using the text editor, it’s recommended that you use managed properties to set complex HTML web resources as not customizable for managed solutions. When viewing web resources in the solutions window, open the Managed Properties dialog box to set the Customizable property to false.

Reference other web resources from an HTML web resource

You can create a set of related files outside of Microsoft Dynamics CRM that use any of the web resource file types. If you’re careful to always use relative paths and import each web resource with a consistent naming convention that reflects the folder structure of your website, you’ll find that the HTML web resource will maintain links to related CSS, XML, JScript, image, and Silverlight files that have been imported as web resources.

For example, if you create a web application project that uses the following [folder]/file structure:

  • page.htm

  • [Styles]

    • style.css
  • [Scripts]

    • script.js

When you import these files as web resources, you can name where your solution publisher customization prefix is “new” in the following manner:

  • new_/page.htm

  • new_/Styles/style.css

  • new_/Scripts/script.js

When you follow this pattern, your new_/page.htm HTML web resource can reference the other files the most common way using relative paths as shown in the following example.

<script src="Scripts/script.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<link href="Styles/style.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

The solution publisher customization prefix becomes a virtual root folder for all the web resources in your solution. If you change your customization prefix, the relative paths within your HTML web resources won’t be changed.


References included in code between web resources are not tracked as solution dependencies.

Because web resources are also downloaded for users of Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Office Outlook with Offline Access, users will have access to web resource content while they’re working offline.

Pass parameters to HTML web resources

An HTML web resource can accept only the parameters in the following table.





Entity Name

The name of the entity.


Entity Type Code

An integer that uniquely identifies the entity in a specific organization.


Object GUID

The GUID that represents a record.


Organization Name

The unique name of the organization.


User Language Code

The language code identifier being used by the current user.


Organization Language Code

The language code identifier that represents the base language for the organization.


Optional Data Parameter

An optional value that may be passed.


Form Id

The GUID that represents a form ID.


For internal use only.


For internal use only.


For internal use only.

To pass more than one value in the data parameter, you must encode parameters in the value of the data parameter and then include logic to decode the multiple parameters using script in your HTML web resource. The Sample: Pass multiple values to a web resource through the data parameter topic demonstrates one approach to address passing multiple parameter values.

See Also

Web resources for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013
Create accessible web resources
CSS web resources
Script (JScript) web resources
Data (XML) Web resources
Image (JPG, PNG, GIF, ICO) web resources
Silverlight (XAP) web resources
Stylesheet (XSL) web resources