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Edit TWiki tables in place, using edit fields and drop down boxes, without having to edit the complete topic.

Simply add an [ Edit table ] button to an existing table by writing %EDITTABLE{}% directly above the table. This can be added to tables that are formatted with TablePlugin: add the EDITTABLE variable just above or below the TABLE tag. It can also be used without any TABLE tag.

Customize entry fields by specifying the format: use a text field, a drop down box, a date field, radio buttons or checkboxes.

Multiple tables per topic are editable, but only one at a time can be edited.

Per Table Settings

Add a %EDITTABLE{...}% variable just before an existing table to make it editable, or add the variable anywhere in a topic to start a new table. Warning: Can't find topic Sandbox.EDITTABLE

Using TWiki Variables in the Format Parameter

By default, variables in <initial value> (of text input field) and <label text> (of fixed label) get expanded when a new row is added. This can be used for example to add a timestamp to a label. You can escape characters with format tokens if you do not want that.

Any TWiki variable inside a table cell will be preserved. For instance, %TOPIC% will not get expanded to the current topic name.

Edit Table Calendar Example

Per Cell Settings

An individual edit field type can be defined for each table cell. Place an %EDITCELL{ "type, ..." }% variable at the end of the cell content. This is useful to override the per column %EDITTABLE{ format="..." }% settings, or to create tables with key/value rows. All edit field types of the format="..." parameter are supported. For example, to define a text field, type: | cell content %EDITCELL{ "text, 20" }% |

It is also possible to place the edit button inside a cell instead of default location below the table. Type | %EDITCELL{ "editbutton, 1, Edit this table" }% | to show a button, or | %EDITCELL{ "editbutton, 1, Edit table, Image-URL" }% | to show a button image with alternate text.

Note: The %EDITCELL{ }%=variable cannot be used by itself; place an =%EDITTABLE{ }%=variable at the beginning of a table where you want to use =%EDITCELL{ }% variables.

Table Buttons

  • In page view mode:
    • - turn the table into edit mode
  • In edit mode:
    • - save your changes
    • - save your changes without alerting subscribed WebNotify users
    • - add row to the table (if enabled)
    • - remove last row from the table (if enabled)
    • - cancel without saving and release edit lock
    • - Move a row by clicking this button next to the row to be moved, then at a destination.
    • - Deletes the row next to this button.


Line before table: %EDITTABLE{ format="| row, -1 | text, 20, init | select, 1, one, two, three, four | radio, 3,:-),:-I,:-( | label, 0, %SERVERTIME{"$day $mon $year $hour:$min"}% |" changerows="on" }%

Nr Text field Drop down Mood Timestamp
1 hello table two smile 26 Jun 2002 12:30
2   two frown 27 Jun 2002 12:40

Note: Please do not save this example table! Use TWiki:Sandbox.EditTablePluginTesting if you want to try out this Plugin

If this plugin is installed you will see an [ Edit table ] button above; if you were to click on it (please don't, use TWiki:Sandbox.EditTablePluginTesting for testing) you get this form:

Nr Text field Drop down Mood Timestamp
1 smile indifferent frown 26 Jun 2002 12:30
2 smile indifferent frown 27 Jun 2002 12:40

The following example shows a simple table with key/value rows. The default edit field type for the value column is a text field. This is overloaded by a selector for the Gender, and a date picker for the DOB. This is typically used by TWiki applications where new topics with tables are created based on a template topic.

You type: You get: Table in edit mode:
%EDITTABLE{ format="| label | text, 40 |" changerows="off" }%
| Name: | John Smith |
| Gender: | M %EDITCELL{select, 1, , F, M}% |
| DOB: | 1999/12/31 %EDITCELL{date, 10}% |
| City: | New York |
EDITCELL Example in view mode EDITCELL Example in edit mode

Limitations and Known Issues

  • This Plugin does not support TWiki table formatting like Multi-span cells (e.g. | ... ||) and cell justification (e.g. |  centered  |   right |)
  • There is a performance issue when editing a large table, say, with more then 50 rows
  • You cannot put two %EDITTABLE{}% statements on the same line in the source
  • You can include %-vars now in select values, by quoting them with <nop>, as in %<nop>X% for %X%, say for instance:

Plugin Settings

Plugin settings are stored as preferences variables. To reference a plugin setting write %<plugin>_<setting>%, for example, %EDITTABLEPLUGIN_SHORTDESCRIPTION%

  • One line description, shown in the TextFormattingRules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Edit TWiki tables using edit fields, date pickers and drop down boxes

  • Set DEBUG to 1 to get debug messages in data/debug.txt. Default: 0
    • Set DEBUG = 0

  • Set JAVASCRIPTINTERFACE to 1 to be able to directly move and delete row without page refresh. Can be overridden with parameter javascriptinterface.

  • Default for change rows flag: on, off, add
    • Set CHANGEROWS = on

  • Default flag for quiet save option: on to show the Quiet Save button, off to hide
    • Set QUIETSAVE = on

  • Default edit button: Specify button text, or specify alternate text, image URL. Note: Texts inside %MAKETEXT{}% are translated into other languages.
    • #Set EDIT_BUTTON = Edit table
    • Set EDIT_BUTTON = Edit this table, edittable.gif
    • Set SAVE_BUTTON = Save table
    • Set QUIET_SAVE_BUTTON = Quiet save
    • Set ADD_ROW_BUTTON = Add row
    • Set DELETE_LAST_ROW_BUTTON = Delete last row
    • Set CANCEL_BUTTON = Cancel

  • Default help texts
    • Set INCLUDED_TOPIC_DOES_NOT_EXIST = Warning: 'include' topic does not exist!

Note: The Plugin uses base settings like date format, language and style from the JSCalendarContrib.

Installation Instructions

This plugin is pre-installed. TWiki administrators can upgrade the plugin as needed on the TWiki server.

  • Download the ZIP file from the Plugin web (see below)
  • Unzip in your ($TWIKI_ROOT) directory.
  • Alternatively,
    • Manually resolve the dependencies listed below. None
  • The Plugin depends on the viewauth script to authenticate the user. As described in TWikiAccessControl, copy the view script to viewauth (or better, create a symbolic link) and add viewauth to the list of authenticated scripts in the .htaccess file.
  • Visit configure in your TWiki installation, and enable the plugin in the {Plugins} section.
  • Test if the Plugin is correctly installed:
    • Check above example if there is an [ Edit table ] button below the table in above example
    • Click on [ Edit table ], make changes and save the table

-- NigelWatson - 14 Jul 2014

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