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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{...}%


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 YYY - hh:mm
    • 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

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 sortable:
    • #Set SORT = attachments
    • Set SORT = all
    • #Set SORT = none

  • Default table attributes:
    • Set TABLEATTRIBUTES = tableborder="0" cellpadding="7" cellspacing="3" headerbg="#99CCCC" databg="#FFFFCC, #FFFFFF" tableframe="void" valign="top" dataalign="justify"

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 Example
sort Set table sorting "on" or "off" sort="on"
initsort Column to sort initially ("1" to number of columns) initsort="2"
initdirection Initial sorting direction for initsort, set to "up" or "down" initdirection="up"
headerbg Header cell background colour. Choose one of the StandardColors headerbg="#99CCCC"
headercolor Header cell text colour 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. databg="#C8CB8F, #DBDDB5"
datacolor Data cell text colour, a comma separated list datacolor="#0000CC, #000000"
tableborder Table border width (pixels) 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); default "void" 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); default "none" tablerules="rows"
cellpadding Cell padding (pixels) cellpadding="0"
cellspacing Cell spacing (pixels) cellspacing="3"
valign Vertical alignment of cells, set to "top", "middle", "bottom" or "baseline" valign="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 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 dataalign="center"
tablewidth Table width: Percentage of window width, or absolute pixel value. Default is unspecified tablewidth="100%"
columnwidths Column widths: Comma delimited list of column widths, percentage or absolute pixel value. Default is unspecified columnwidths="80%, 20%"
headerrows Number of header rows to exclude from sort; default "1" headerrows="1"
footerrows Number of footer rows to exclude from sort; default "0" footerrows="1"

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="1" cellspacing="3" headerbg="#000099" headercolor="#FFFFCC" databg="#C8CB8F, #DBDDB5" 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

Note: You do not need to install anything on the browser to use this plugin. Below installation instructions are for the administrator who needs to install this plugin on the TWiki server.

  • Download the ZIP file from the Plugin web (see below)
  • Unzip 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/ Plugin Perl module
    pub/TWiki/TablePlugin/diamond.gif Diamond symbol
    pub/TWiki/TablePlugin/down.gif Down arrow
    pub/TWiki/TablePlugin/up.gif Up arrow
  • 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: 01 Aug 2004
Change History:  
01 Aug 2004: AC: 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:

Related Topics: TWikiPreferences, TWikiPlugins, StandardColors

-- TWiki:Main/JohnTalintyre - 07 Oct 2001
-- TWiki:Main/PeterThoeny - 01 Aug 2004

I Attachment sort Action Size Date Who Comment
up.gif manage 0.8 K 02 Dec 2003 - 07:53 PeterThoeny Up arrow
down.gif manage 0.8 K 02 Dec 2003 - 07:54 PeterThoeny Down arrow
diamond.gif manage 0.9 K 02 Dec 2003 - 07:54 PeterThoeny Diamond symbol

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