Remove HTML markup in Content Query Web Part

When showing a multi line or text column with Rich text or Enhanced rich text all the supporting HTML tags will be visible in the result. The tags make the result unreadable for end users.

With XSLT it is possible to remove the tags and make the result clean and readable. All the markups will be removed, also text markups.


1. Open the ItemStyle.xsl in SharePoint designer.
2. Make a the new removeMarkUp template.

<xsl:template name="removeMarkup">
   <xsl:param name="string" />
   <xsl:when test="contains($string, '&lt;')">
      <xsl:variable name="nextString">
	<xsl:call-template name="removeMarkup">
	   <xsl:with-param name="string" select="substring-after($string, '&gt;')" />
         <xsl:value-of select="concat(substring-before($string, '&lt;'), $nextString)" />
      <xsl:value-of select="$string" />

3. Add the cleanBody variable to the template which renders the content query.

<xsl:variable name="cleanBody">
   <xsl:call-template name="removeMarkup">
      <xsl:with-param name="string" select="@Body"/>

4. Show the clean body with this code.

<xsl:value-of select="$cleanBody" />

5. All the HTML markup is removed!