SharePoint 2013 Minimal Download Strategy not loading javascript jQuery

SharePoint Minimal Download Strategy (MDS) feature stops scripts like jQuery and javascript from loading.

Using a Content Webpart with a link to the .js file, when visiting some URL’s the script would load but intermittently wouldn’t load.  Initially, I thought this was my own fault as the URL’s were to the same content:

example: http://<sitecollection/<site>/Lists/<list name>/NewForm.aspx  = Works

http://<sitecollection/<site>/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/Lists/<list name>/NewForm.aspx  = FAILS

It seems that the ‘friendly’ URL format always works.


Before disabling MDS, all URL’s to add content, etc were not friendly format – so I had started to investigate URL’s formats and masking.

Yet after disabling MDS, they have all changed to friendly formats and the scripts now load.


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