[dokuwiki] Re: Entering table data - any 'helpers' available?

  • From: Chris G <cl@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: dokuwiki@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 17:36:33 +0100

On Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 06:10:18PM +0200, Michael Hamann wrote:
> Hi,
> On Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM, Chris G <cl@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > However the editor doesn't offer any help when entering tables so it can
> > get quite laborious and messy when creating big tables.  Are there any
> > plans to add ways of, for example, entering some sort of TAB to allow
> > aligning of the ^ and | characters in tables to make them more readable
> > when entering data?  ... or are there any plugins which might help that
> > I've missed?
> Tab handling is difficult as a) one tab might no be enough and b) if
> you modify the behavior of the tab key, the user interface becomes
> less usable for those using the keyboard. Are you aware of the
> edittable plugin [0] - or are you looking for something different?
I was wondering whether to try the edittable plugin, I will take a look.

I'd suggest not using the TAB key itself for this function, use a new
combination, for example CTRL-T (you can see my vi background!).  The
tab stops could maybe be set by the first (heading) line of the table. 
The CTRL-T then takes you to the *next* tab stop rather than the next
multiple of 8 (or whatever) columns.

E.g. I enter the first line of the table as:-

^ Column Number One     ^ Col 2 ^

and tab stops are set to 16 and 24, so the first CTRL-T I hit takes me
to column 16 and the second takes me to column 24.  This avoids the "one
tab is not enough" problem as long as one plans things properly.

Chris Green
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