Re: free editor that can sort HTML tables?

Subject: Re: free editor that can sort HTML tables?
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:17:26 -0800

Hmm... According to Atlassian's own wiki, the user can only sort tables in
view mode, not in the editor. That seems like a rather nasty bug.

https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DOC/Working+with+Tables
Comment thread from May 21 2014:

> Is it possible, and if so, how, that you can save a table when you sort it
> in with another column?
> Or, can you save it in Edit-mode? Although we have version 5.4.1 I can't
> sort my table in Edit-mode. It would be awesome, because we have a list
> where sometimes information is added, and it would be more helpfull if you
> can alphabatise it in Edit-mode instead of letting the viewer alphabatise
> it...
> ...you're right - you can't sort tables in the editor, and sorting the
> table when viewing a page does not persist - so if you navigate away from
> the page the table will return to the default (which is the way it is
> sorted in the editor). I don't know of any plans to change this sorting
> behaviour in the near future. Sorry.



Is Confluence smart enough to strip out the extra attributes (like
talk-marker and class) when you sort the table in View mode, view source,
and paste back into Confluence?

<table class="confluenceTable"><tbody><tr><th talk-marker="1"
> class="confluenceTh">property</th><th talk-marker="2"
> class="confluenceTh">type</th><th
> talk-marker="3"class="confluenceTh">default value</th><th colspan="1"
> talk-marker="4" class="confluenceTh">notes</th></tr><tr>...
>

It sounds to me like you'd have use a combination of Firefox and a text
editor that performs regexp replacements. I choose Firefox because once the
table is rendered, you could select the table in the browser, right click,
and choose "View selection source" to see the rendered output.

If you can just paste that source back into Confluence, you're golden. If
not, then you may have to use a regexp replace command to strip out the
extra attributes to return your table to a raw table.

It sounds like a valuable feature to work into the editor. You should
submit that as a feature request.

As an aside, have you researched any Table plugins?

-Tony

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