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DataTables is a plug-in for the jQuery Javascript library. It is a highly flexible tool, based upon the foundations of progressive enhancement, which will add advanced interaction controls to any HTML table. Key features:

  • Variable length pagination
  • On-the-fly filtering
  • Multi-column sorting with data type detection
  • Smart handling of column widths
  • Display data from almost any data source
    • DOM, Javascript array, Ajax file and server-side processing (PHP, C#, Perl, Ruby, AIR, Gears etc)
  • Scrolling options for table viewport
  • Fully internationalizable
  • jQuery UI ThemeRoller support
  • Wide variety of plug-ins inc. Editor, TableTools, FixedColumns and more


-- Contributors: Peter Thoeny - 2013-10-25


Discussed in KampalaReleaseMeeting2013x10x24:

  • Better usability:
    • Google docs are pretty much the standard/expectation nowadays; that is, we should strive to have at least as good capabilities
    • Spreadsheet: We have all the power and more but not the usability
      • Goal: Have a sexy looking spreadsheet like Google Docs or Excel
      • Need functional combination of EditTablePlugin and SpreadSheetPlugin where a lot of the magic happens in Javascript
      • Fronted magic, possibly use the DataTables jQuery plugin

-- Peter Thoeny - 2013-10-25

Topic revision: r1 - 2013-10-25 - PeterThoeny
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