"Generic Tables" allows the possibility of "generic tables". Originally written for HumanRightsTools, it is a single program that does not require change to the logic or code when a person wishes to create new tables, no matter the complexity of the table.
It provides as much functionality and flexibility as I can think, merely by editing the settings file. (And allows multiple settings files to use the same copy of the program, enabling you to always have an up to date copy for each table.)
It requires PHP and MySQL, with (in the future) certain (non-essential) functionality requiring Apache.
Filling in the settings file by hand, making sure all the arrays are correct (there is nothing to check that for you), and then running the setup.php script. If it displays no errors, then everything went fine. Otherwise ...
If you want to have two or more settings files, just make sure they are all in the settings folder, and then use ?version= in your get request (as part of the URL) to select which settings folder you want to use.
Make sure to fix up the authentication.
This program makes use of two other files.
Both of these programs are available under the same license as this program, and both are designed to be upgraded independently of the main program. This is particularly important when it comes to authent.php as you can replace it with your own authentication program easily. (Though, Generic Tables still won't support multiple users.)
At present, the following 'types' are available:
Into the future the following types will be introduced: For select, radio buttons maybe an option in the future. For Multichoice, tick boxes maybe an option in the future.
Have to fix up authentication and validation on the relevant pages. Fix up setup to make it nicer. Make it possible to edit the settings via a web interface, and automagically modify the tables if that happens.
URGENT TODO Fix authentication, make it possible to have multiple users with multiple access levels. Make it possible to modify the tables via the web interface. Make it possible to have multiple ...
Templates! Select radio box.
.1 First version, add and display are at equivalent functionality to the "courses" scripts which preceded this generic tables program. That is, you can have dates, URLs, etc.
.2 Add, display, edit, delete, verify all work correctly (as far as I can tell) and don't have any specific bugs or problems. The only major problem is security is not verified to work correctly (it may, it just hasn't been reviewed). There is a rudimentary import function, which will be improved in future versions.
Added a lot of internal documentation, including documenting the dbaccess API.
.3 Lots of changes happened and there was no "set" version released.
.4 Skipped to indicate the large amount of changes that occured.
.5 We now have export, more data types, view single item, view items after adding and editing, the possibility to have more than one table (all the files are in another folder).
.5.1 Work started on 4 July. Email type, no validation. Can send an email when a new record is added.
.6 Started 21 July 2010. The type of field and length of field can be set as help, the same as the SHOW_TEXTAREA_HELP. Various changes, through the system. Nicer error messages, particularly if a form has a validation error. Removed formordering. Created form2.php one less redundant place.
Added heaps of project documentation, converted README into HTML.
.7 Started 01 December 2010. This version is basically the same as .6, except that it is going to be packaged and deployed. Features not essential for HumanRightsTools (including image uploads, email type, email on new record, import and export etc.) are not being extensively tested, if tested at all.
To flag items for review. More date types, hidden field flag, all to be added (see bug tracker for more details). A proper setup is in the works as well.
It would be really flashy and nice.
Would be nice if you could 'delete' things, and require validation to actually delete them. So that, if someone deletes an item, it wouldn't actually be removed from the table, it would just not be displayed. Tinyint can be used for all these validation tasks.
Having a summary for the table would be nice http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/tables.html#adef-summary
Allow nice URL's, rather then add.php?version=settings, add.php/settings.
It would be grand if display.php and singled.php both were functions that returned their content, rather than echoing it.
From installation, with it's flash setup, through to everyday use, including exporting and importing records, and pagination, Generic Tables offers a program to suit virtually any "table on the web" scenario. A single record can be exported to a template of your choosing, easily and consistently. The program integrates into your website with ease (including into WordPress blogs with the externally developed plugin), whether it be HTML or XHTML.
Generic Tables allows quick, easy and accessible management of records, including mass verification and deletion. It supports a variety of datatypes (including uploaded images, PDF's and other files), the number of which can be added to with little difficulty*.
Generic Tables, by Michael. A simple, but powerful tool.
Apart from the various program files, the following files are important:
Apart from the two files noted below (Sorttable.js and filterTable.js) all the other files in the archive (including .php, .js and .css) are copyright by Michael Harris, and are licenced under the following licence:
Copyright 2008, 2009 & 2010 by Michael Harris, http://next-nexus.info/harrismw
This program is free software. Permission to use, copy, modify, and/or distribute this software for any purpose with or without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice and this permission notice appear in all copies.
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sorttable.js is by Stuart Langridge and is under "The MIT Licence" (or "X11 Licence"?); below is a copy of the licence from Stuart Langridge's site.
Copyright (c) 1997-date Stuart Langridge
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filterTable.js is from http://leparlement.org/filterTable there is no licence attached, it is implied that it is free to use however (the author gives help to people on how to use it).
Parts of it are originally from http://www.vonloesch.de/node/23