A Plone page with an editable table as main content
A new Plone content type similar to the standard Page but with a table as main content.
Table of contents
This product want to give to site members a simple way to manage a page with a table inside in a collaborative way. To be more precise, it’s focused on contents where the table is the main scope of the page.
The only other option is to create the page using the WYSIWYG editor (like TinyMCE), then leave to editors power to modify it, but:
- using TinyMCE commands for table is not so easy (users sometimes mess up your pre-defined layout)
- you can’t prohibit users to delete or change rows added from other users, or adding new column you don’t want.
If you need to beat those limits but you still simply need a Plone page, this is product is probably what you need.
If you need to store a huge amount of data, you should probably look for other solutions.
After installation you will see a new addable content type: the Page with Table.
Some fields of this new content types are very similar to Page ones, although the “Body Text” field is splitted in two separated sections (text before and after the table).
The most important field is “Columns”, where you can define the column structure of you table.
For every column you can define some information like header’s content and other description, but you must also define the type of data in the column.
Right now you can choose from:
- A simple line of text, the most common type.
- A textarea, for saving more text and take care of carriage returns.
- Still a simple line of thext, but user must choose it from a vocabulary you will define (in the proper column of the configuration).
- A link to a file in the site. See below
Adding new type of column is not hard, but remember to stay simple: we don’t want to rewrite PloneFormGen from scratch! Also: there’s no validation!
You can add as many columns as you want; users that will fill your table won’t be able to change what you have defined.
Configuration is not changing anything on your layour, but users with Contributor role on this document will see a new tab: “Edit table”.
When accessing the “Edit table data” view users will be able to add new rows to the table and edit their own rows. The data form given to the user is generated using the configuration options that the document creator defined before.
- Every added row is put at the end of the table
- Every Contributor is able to edit or delete his own rows
- Users with “Editor” roles is able to edit or delete all rows
- Users with “Editor” roles is able change row order
When switching back to main document view, the generated table is part of the document body text.
- You can optionally display a link for download the table content as a CSV (activate the “Show download link for data” from “Settings”)
- Contributors can populate the table uploading a CSV file
Column of type “File” are the most complex.
When adding or editing a row the user is able to upload a new file, creating a new Plone File content, or selecting an existing file from the site.
In both cases permissions matters: the user must have permisson of adding new file in the storage folder or see it. The storage folder is configured by the document creator.
When rendering the table, a link to download the file is displayed.
There are at least two other products for Plone that are focused on table generation:
- This product is focused on the editing part (and the use of DataTables jQuery plugin is nice), but it dowsn’t work on Plone 3 and you have no way of limit the power of users on the table.
- Very powerful, modular and extensible. It’s using PloneFormGen as table configuration and can store a lot of data. Unluckily it has a lot of dependencies and it won’t run on Plone 3.
This product can be used with al version of Plone from 3.3 to 4.3.
For Plone 3.3 you need some special configuration like:
- A custom branch of DataGridField where we backported some new features from 1.8 branch
- Available table styles are taken from TinyMCE configuration, so you must use it instead of Kupu
- No versioning support is available
Developed with the support of:
All of them supports the PloneGov initiative.