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HTML Table Filter ala Excel

, 3 Aug 2005 CPOL
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A way to filter a large table in a simple manner.

Demo

<script language="javascript"></script>

<input id="chk" önclick="enableFilter();" type="checkbox" name="chk" />Enable Filter

Col1 Col2
1 string
1 string2
2 String
2 STRING2
3
1 string
1 string2
2 String
2 STRING2
3

Introduction

When I was writing a web application, I needed a way to filter a large table in a simple manner. The users of the application are used to the auto filtering in MS Excel, so I wanted my filter to have the same look and feel.

Features

  • Once a column is filtered, the dropdown boxes for the rest of the columns are adapted to the changes. Just like the auto filter in Excel works!
  • If a row has the class noFilter, the row will not be touched by the filter.

Using the code

Using the code is very simple. Just include the script to the page:

<script language="javascript" src="tablefilter.js"></script>

And activate the filter in the OnLoad:

<body onload="attachFilter(document.getElementById('tbl'), 1)">

attachFilter expects two parameters:

  1. The table object to attach the filter to.
  2. The row number at which the filter row should be inserted.

Browser Compatibility

The script was initially written for IE. I did test it successfully on Firefox, but I do not know if the script works for Netscape browsers.

History

  • 2005/07/27: First version.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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About the Author

WoutL
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Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralFilter returns the whole code plus value. Pinmemberchunchuyo8-Jul-10 6:26 
Generaltablefilter and paging Pinmemberbraveheart0131-May-10 2:28 
GeneralRe: tablefilter and paging PinmemberWoutL31-May-10 2:51 
QuestionHello ! Pinmemberehuddrey11-Nov-09 11:19 
AnswerRe: Hello ! PinmemberWoutL11-Nov-09 21:47 
QuestionCan the dropdown filter be restricted to a single column? Pinmemberklsblues1-Jul-09 5:20 
AnswerRe: Can the dropdown filter be restricted to a single column? PinmemberWoutL12-Jul-09 23:11 
QuestionHow to make the filtering work for the dropdown list column Pinmembervijay_kumar16-Dec-08 1:32 
AnswerRe: How to make the filtering work for the dropdown list column PinmemberWoutL16-Dec-08 2:12 
Generalupdated JS for CUSTOM Filtering PinmemberDhruv P Patel7-May-08 6:56 
GeneralRe: updated JS for CUSTOM Filtering (More Info) PinmemberDhruv P Patel7-May-08 6:59 
Generalupdated JS for table filtering with CUSTOM PinmemberDhruv P Patel7-May-08 6:53 
Generalnew feature PinmemberDhruv P Patel6-May-08 22:05 
GeneralRe: new feature PinmemberWoutL6-May-08 22:20 
QuestionNewbie Help Pinmemberhgee5-Nov-07 9:54 
AnswerRe: Newbie Help PinmemberWoutL6-Nov-07 0:18 
Generalnice code, but could it do this... :) Pinmemberandrewmeda6231-Aug-07 12:33 
GeneralRe: nice code, but could it do this... :) PinmemberWoutL1-Aug-07 21:12 
GeneralStill Working Great. Pinmemberbelesland19-Jul-07 3:34 
QuestionTable size not changing? Pinmemberarniedows16-May-07 21:46 
AnswerRe: Table size not changing? PinmemberWoutL16-May-07 22:56 
Questionhyperlinks Pinmemberarizen15-Jan-07 2:14 
AnswerRe: hyperlinks PinmemberWoutL15-Jan-07 2:26 
QuestionRe: hyperlinks Pinmemberarizen15-Jan-07 2:37 
AnswerRe: hyperlinks PinmemberWoutL15-Jan-07 3:08 

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