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Table Plugin

Gives extra control of table display:

  • Allows sorting
  • Changing table properties like border width, cell spacing and cell padding
  • Changing background color and text color for header cells
  • Changing background color and text color for data cells - colors can alternate
  • Table attributes can be set and overridden in this order:
    • Default TABLEATTRIBUTES Plugin setting in this topic.
    • A TABLEATTRIBUTES preferences setting on site-level (TWikiPreferences) or web-level (any WebPreferences), e.g.
      • Set TABLEATTRIBUTES = tableborder="0" cellpadding="1" ...
    • Before a table using %TABLE{...}%
  • Row spans


Click on column heading text to sort by a column. Initial column will be sorted in descending order, click again to get ascending order. The type of data in the cell is determined automatically:

  • date if format is:
    • dd MMM YYYY - hh:mm (MMM is Jan, Feb, etc.)
    • dd-MMM-YY or dd-MMM-YYYY (can be / or space in place of -) (MMM is Jan, Feb, etc)
  • number is digits, with optional decimal point
  • otherwise treated as text

Row spans

Table cells with a single caret indicate follow-up rows of multi-row spans. For example,

| One One | One Two | One Three |
| ^ | Two Two | Two Three |
| Three One | ^ | Three Three |
One One One Two One Three
Two Two Two Three
Three One Three Three

TablePlugin Global Settings

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

  • One line description, shown in the TextFormattingRules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Control attributes of tables and sorting of table columns

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

  • Make all tables in a topic sortable. If this is set to all, all tables that have a header row (including those that do not have %TABLE before them) will be made sortable. If set to none, only tables with %TABLE will be sortable. Topic rendering is faster if this is set to none.
    • #Set SORT = none
    • Set SORT = all

  • Default table attributes:
    • Set TABLEATTRIBUTES = tableborder="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" valign="top" headeralign="center" headercolor="#ffffff" headerbg="#6b7f93" headerbgsorted="#334455" headercolor="#ffffff" databg="#ffffff,#edf4f9" databgsorted="#f5f5f5,#dce7ee"
    • Classic skin table attributes:
      • #Set TABLEATTRIBUTES = tableborder="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="1" headerbg="#99cccc" databg="#ffffff,#ffffcc"

Table Attributes

Attributes are defined as a TABLEATTRIBUTES Plugin setting in this topic, a TABLEATTRIBUTES preferences setting, or on line before the table using %TABLE{...}%:

Argument Comment Default value Example
sort Set table sorting "on" or "off". unspecified sort="on"
initsort Column to sort initially ("1" to number of columns). unspecified initsort="2"
initdirection Initial sorting direction for initsort, set to "up" (descending) or "down" (ascending). unspecified initdirection="up"
headerbg Header cell background colour. "#6b7f93" headerbg="#999999"
headerbgsorted Header cell background colour of a sorted column. the value of headerbg headerbgsorted="#32596c"
headercolor Header cell text colour. "#ffffff" headercolor="#0000cc"
databg Data cell background colour, a comma separated list. Specify "none" for no colour, that is to use the colour/background of the page the table is on. "#edf4f9,#ffffff" databg="#f2f2f2,#ffffff"
databgsorted Data cell background colour of a sorted column; see databg. the values of databg databgsorted="#d4e8e4,#e5f5ea"
datacolor Data cell text colour, a comma separated list. unspecified datacolor="#0000CC, #000000"
tableborder Table border width (pixels). "1" tableborder="2"
tableframe Table frame, set to "void" (no sides), "above" (the top side only), "below" (the bottom side only), "hsides" (the top and bottom sides only), "lhs" (the left-hand side only), "rhs" (the right-hand side only), "vsides" (the right and left sides only), "box" (all four sides), "border" (all four sides). unspecified tableframe="hsides"
tablerules Table rules, set to "none" (no rules), "groups" (rules will appear between row groups and column groups only), "rows" (rules will appear between rows only), "cols" (rules will appear between columns only), "all" (rules will appear between all rows and columns). unspecified tablerules="rows"
cellpadding Cell padding (pixels). "0" cellpadding="0"
cellspacing Cell spacing (pixels). "0" cellspacing="3"
cellborder Cell border width (pixels). unspecified cellborder="0"
valign Vertical alignment of cells and headers, set to "top", "middle", "bottom" or "baseline". unspecified valign="top"
headervalign Vertical alignment of header cells; overrides valign. unspecified headervalign="top"
datavalign Vertical alignment of data cells; overrides valign. unspecified datavalign="top"
headeralign Header cell alignment, one value for all columns, or a comma separated list for different alignment of individual columns. Set to "left", "center", "right" or "justify". Overrides individual cell settings. unspecified headeralign="left,right"
dataalign Data cell alignment, one value for all columns, or a comma separated list for different alignment of individual columns. Set to "left", "center", "right" or "justify". Overrides individual cell settings. unspecified dataalign="center"
tablewidth Table width: Percentage of window width, or absolute pixel value. unspecified tablewidth="100%"
columnwidths Column widths: Comma delimited list of column widths, percentage or absolute pixel value. unspecified columnwidths="80%,20%"
headerrows Number of header rows to exclude from sort. "1" headerrows="1"
footerrows Number of footer rows to exclude from sort. "0" footerrows="1"
id Table identifier string. unspecified id="userTable"
summary Table summary used by screenreaders: A summary of what the table presents. It should provide an orientation for someone who listens to the table. unspecified summary="List of subscribed users"
caption Table caption: A title that will be displayed just above the table. unspecified caption="Users"

The %TABLE{...}% settings override TABLEATTRIBUTES preferences settings, which override the TABLEATTRIBUTES Plugin settings.


Use of %TABLE{...}%

Line before table: %TABLE{ sort="on" tableborder="0" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="3" cellborder="0" headerbg="#D5CCB1" headercolor="#666666" databg="#FAF0D4, #F3DFA8" headerrows="2" footerrows="1" }%

Table with two Header Rows and Footer Row
Num Status Action Who When Progress
1 C Chose new colours John 1-Dec-02  
2 X Release John 1-Apr-02  
3   Get feedback Anne 1-Feb-02  
12 C Spec error handling Jack 1-Dec-02  
5   Abc John    
Num Status Action Who When Progress

Table with 4 digit year dates and no use of %TABLE{...}%


Plugin Installation Instructions

This plugin is pre-installed with your TWiki release. You should not have to install it other than to do an upgrade.

  • Download the ZIP file from the Plugin web (see below)
  • Unzip TablePlugin.zip in your twiki installation directory. Content:
    File: Description:
    data/TWiki/TablePlugin.txt Plugin topic
    data/TWiki/TablePlugin.txt,v Plugin topic repository
    lib/TWiki/Plugins/TablePlugin.pm Plugin Perl module
    pub/TWiki/TablePlugin/diamond.gif Diamond symbol
    pub/TWiki/TablePlugin/down.gif Down arrow
    pub/TWiki/TablePlugin/up.gif Up arrow
  • (Dakar) 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 the table renders as expected
    • Try click on heading to sort. Other tables should also be sortable

Plugin Info

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main/JohnTalintyre, TWiki:Main/PeterThoeny
Plugin Version: 1.020
Change History:  
27 Dec 2006 1.020: Kenneth Lavrsen: Fixed initsort so all tables can be initsorted and not only the first. When you sort a table by clicking on the header of a column the table gets sorted accordingly. When you click the header of another table the previously sorted table goes back being sorted as specified by initsort.
13 Dec 2006 1.019: Arthur Clemens: Prevent sorting of columns that do no exist.
02 Dec 2006 1.018: Arthur Clemens: Data rows now start with first datacolor and databgcolor.
26 Nov 2006 1.017: Arthur Clemens: Better support for tablerules.
24 Nov 2006 1.016: Arthur Clemens: Added new attribute cellborder.
25 Oct 2006 1.015: Arthur Clemens: Added support for background colors of sorted column. Columns can be unsorted - sorting order is now: sort ascending, sort descending, unsort. Added attributes headervalign and datavalign.
16 Aug 2006 Michael Daum: Added CSS support for even/odd table rows
13 Dec 2005 Arthur Clemens: Added support for id, summary and caption
05 Mar 2005 1.014: Crawford Currie eliminated deprecated handlers for Dakar
01 Aug 2004 Arthur Clemens: Added CSS support for first column and ascending/descending table headers
21 Mar 2004 PTh: Internal change: Fixed reference to unofficial variable
01 Jan 2004 PTh: Alternating data row colors restart again after each header row
01 Dec 2003 PTh: Fixed error when footerrows was specified on an empty table, contributed by TWiki:Main/PaulineCheung
24 May 2003 PTh: New |^| rule for multi row span (TWiki:Main/WalterMundt); added tableframe and tablerules (TWiki:Main/JohannesMartin); ignore columnwidths for multi column span; validate headerrows and footerrows (TWiki:Main/DarrylGreen); fixed link color problem and up/down icon color problem for dark header background
17 Dec 2002 PTh: Removed individual table Plugin settings; added TABLEATTRIBUTES Plugins setting and TABLEATTRIBUTES preferences setting
15 Dec 2002 PTh: Added headerrows and footerrows params (TWiki:Main/DarrylGreen, TWiki:Main/WoutMertens); added tablewidth and columnwidths params (TWiki:Main/ThorstenSommermann)
09 Dec 2002 PTh: Added headercolor and datacolor parameters
05 Jun 2002 PTh: Added "none" value to databg parameter (suggested by TWiki:Main/TaitCyrus); fixed sorting by stripping HTML tags, removing links and making sort ignore case (suggested by TWiki:Main/ShawnBradford)
13 Mar 2002 PTh: Added TWiki:Main/ShawnBradford 's initsort and initdirection
12 Mar 2002 PTh: Added valign, headeralign and dataalign; fixed bug of swapped cellpadding/cellspacing; fixed warning of uninitialized value
05 Jan 2002 PTh: Fixed sorting bug of cells with leading white space
06 Dec 2001 PTh: Fixed date sorting bug
03 Dec 2001 PTh: Fixed sort="off" bug and more
29 Nov 2001 PTh: Fixed Perl warnings
16 Nov 2001 PTh: Added table border, cell spacing, cell padding, gif files
07 Oct 2001 JT: Initial version
CPAN Dependencies: none
Other Dependencies: none
Perl Version: 5.0
Plugin Home: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/TablePlugin
Feedback: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/TablePluginDev

Related Topics: TWikiPreferences, TWikiPlugins, StandardColors



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