Time inputs

Time fields can be augmented by the datetime field type to add a GUI widget that can help users enter data. All that is required is that the format option be set to the format required and it will automatically detect what elements it should display.

In this example the two time columns use different formats (you wouldn't do this normally, but it is useful for this example!) - the Shift start field uses a 12 hour clock with an AM/PM selector, while the Shift end field uses a 24 hour with seconds. The formats are defined by momentjs which must be included for the datetime field type to operate with time formatted strings.

First name Last name City Shift start Shift end
  • 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/time.php', table: '#example', fields: [ { label: 'First name:', name: 'first_name' }, { label: 'Last name:', name: 'last_name' }, { label: 'City:', name: 'city' }, { label: 'Shift start:', name: 'shift_start', type: 'datetime', format: 'h:mm A', fieldInfo: '12 hour clock format' }, { label: 'Shift end:', name: 'shift_end', type: 'datetime', format: 'HH:mm:ss', fieldInfo: '24 hour clock format with seconds' } ] } ); $('#example').DataTable( { dom: 'Bfrtip', ajax: '../php/time.php', columns: [ { data: 'first_name' }, { data: 'last_name' }, { data: 'city' }, { data: 'shift_start' }, { data: 'shift_end' } ], select: true, 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.

Other examples