Field display styling options

This example shows Editor's built in options to alter the display of field input elements. By default, Editor makes extensive use of white-space to present a simple and clean looking form to an end user, particularly on larger monitors, but for more complex field types this can actually distract from the elegance of the form as input controls can be squashed together (a toolbar on a WYSIWYG input for example). It can also be useful to provide additional space for elements were a large amount of data is expected to be entered, such as with a textarea input.

The styling options can be added by using the fields.className option and two options are available:

  • full - Use all of the space available to the right of the label for the input element (on larger screens, by default Editor uses white-space to present a simple looking form).
  • block - Show the input element below the label, making use of that additional space to show a larger input control.

The full and block options can both be used on the field to combine their effects.

This example shows two fields without the additional classes, two fields with each individually and one with both.

Name Position Office Extn. Start date Salary
Name Position Office Extn. 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 (<code>full</code>):', name: 'position', 'className': 'full' }, { label: 'Office (<code>block</code>):', name: 'office', 'className': 'block' }, { label: 'Extension (<code>full block</code>):', name: 'extn', 'className': 'full block' } ] } ); $('#example').DataTable( { dom: "Bfrtip", ajax: "../php/staff.php", columns: [ { data: null, render: function ( data, type, row ) { // Combine the first and last names into a single table field return data.first_name+' '+data.last_name; } }, { data: "position" }, { data: "office" }, { data: "extn" }, { data: "start_date" }, { data: "salary", render: $.fn.dataTable.render.number( ',', '.', 0, '$' ) } ], 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.

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