Simple bubble editing

Editor has three different Editor modes:

  • Primary editing
  • Bubble editing
  • Inline editing

Bubble editing is designed to have all the fast editing options of inline editing (i.e. a single click to activate) without the potential layout issues that inline editing presents.

This example shows bubble editing, with the primary editing options still available with row selection provided by the first column (the checkbox shown is provided by Select's select-checkbox column class), since a click in the other cells will activate the bubble editing interface.

The bubble editing interface of Editor is activated by the bubble() API method. Simply pass in the cell you want to edit as the first parameter. Editor will attempt to automatically determine which parameter is to be edited. Alternatively, or if Editor is unable to determine the field automatically, use the second parameter to tell it which field(s) to edit.

First name Last name Position Office Start date Salary
  • Javascript
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Ajax
  • Server-side script
  • Comments

The Javascript shown below is used to initialise the table shown in this example:

var editor; // use a global for the submit and return data rendering in the examples $(document).ready(function() { editor = new $.fn.dataTable.Editor( { ajax: "../php/staff.php", table: "#example", fields: [ { label: "First name:", name: "first_name" }, { label: "Last name:", name: "last_name" }, { label: "Position:", name: "position" }, { label: "Office:", name: "office" }, { label: "Extension:", name: "extn" }, { label: "Start date:", name: "start_date", type: "datetime" }, { label: "Salary:", name: "salary" } ] } ); // Activate the bubble editor on click of a table cell $('#example').on( 'click', 'tbody td:not(:first-child)', function (e) { editor.bubble( this ); } ); $('#example').DataTable( { dom: "Bfrtip", scrollY: 300, paging: false, ajax: "../php/staff.php", columns: [ { data: null, defaultContent: '', className: 'select-checkbox', orderable: false }, { data: "first_name" }, { data: "last_name" }, { data: "position" }, { data: "office" }, { data: "start_date" }, { data: "salary", render: $.fn.dataTable.render.number( ',', '.', 0, '$' ) } ], order: [ 1, 'asc' ], select: { style: 'os', selector: 'td:first-child' }, buttons: [ { extend: "create", editor: editor }, { extend: "edit", editor: editor }, { extend: "remove", editor: editor } ] } ); } );

In addition to the above code, the following Javascript library files are loaded for use in this example:

The HTML shown below is the raw HTML table element, before it has been enhanced by DataTables:

This example uses a little bit of additional CSS beyond what is loaded from the library files (below), in order to correctly display the table. The additional CSS used is shown below:

The following CSS library files are loaded for use in this example to provide the styling of the table:

This table loads data by Ajax. The latest data that has been loaded is shown below. This data will update automatically as any additional data is loaded.

The script used to perform the server-side processing for this table is shown below. Please note that this is just an example script using PHP. Server-side processing scripts can be written in any language, using the protocol described in the DataTables documentation.

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