AutoFill and KeyTable together

To emulate the Excel interface as closely as possible, KeyTable and AutoFill can be used on the same table as shown here. This can be particularly beneficial, for example, when transitioning staff from Excel spreadsheets to your own online application - providing an interface they are familiar with.

As of KeyTable 2.4 the Excel like interface is even more "Excel like" through its support for copy and paste of data - simply focus on the cell you want to copy or paste data from or to, and use the standard copy / paste commands (via the Edit menu, context menu or keyboard).

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 an inline edit on click of a table cell $('#example').on( 'click', 'tbody td:not(:first-child)', function (e) { editor.inline( this ); } ); var table = $('#example').DataTable( { dom: "Bfrtip", 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: $.fn.dataTable.render.number( ',', '.', 0, '$' ) } ], autoFill: { columns: ':not(:first-child)', editor: editor }, keys: { columns: ':not(:first-child)', editor: editor }, select: { style: 'os', selector: 'td:first-child', blurable: 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:

div.DTE_Inline input { border: none; background-color: transparent; padding: 0 !important; font-size: 90%; } div.DTE_Inline input:focus { outline: none; background-color: transparent; }

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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