Grid

Last updated 6 months ago

What it does

The fr:grid component organizes contained controls in a grid of rows and columns. Features:

  • configurable number of rows and columns

  • optional repetition of its content

    • configurable min/max number of iterations

    • can repeat over several heterogeneous rows

    • built-in icons and menus to add, remove, and move repeated rows

    • supports relevant and readonly MIPs [SINCE Orbeon Forms 4.8]

Appearance

Full repeat appearance

Full appearance / single-line
Full appearance / multi-line

Minimal repeat appearance

[SINCE Orbeon Forms 2016.1]

Minimal appearance / single-line
Minimal appearance / multi-line

Basic usage

Format of rows and cells

Starting Orbeon Forms 2017.2

With Orbeon Forms 2017.2 and newer, the format for grid rows and cells produced by Form Builder has changed. Instead of using <xh:tr> and <xh:td>, it uses <fr:c>. <xh:tr> and <xh:td> are still supported for backward compatibility.

The following attributes are supported on <fr:c>:

  • x:

    • x position

    • required

    • minimum: 1

    • maximum: 12

  • y:

    • y position

    • required

    • minimum: 1

    • maximum: none

  • w:

    • width of the cell

    • required

    • minimum: 1

    • maximum: 12

  • h:

    • height of the cell

    • optional, defaults to 1

    • minimum: 1

    • maximum: none

The following must hold:

  • cells must not overlap

  • cells must not extend beyond column 12

In other words, the grid must be well-formed.

However, the grid may have holes, and not all cells need be present.

Until Orbeon Forms 2017.1

<xh:tr> and <xh:td> are used to indicate rows and cells, following the HTML tables <tr> and <td> scheme.

The following attributes are supported on <xh:td>:

  • rowspan

    • optional, defaults to 1

    • as in HTML

    • supported in Form Builder

  • colspan

    • optional, defaults to 1

    • as in HTML

    • NOT supported in Form Builder

Non-repeated mode

General information

Attributes:

  • id: optional grid id. Form Builder always places an id.

  • repeat: can be optionally set to false

NOTE: In the future bind and ref should be supported.

Starting Orbeon Forms 2017.2

<fr:grid id="note-grid">
<fr:c y="1" x="1" w="12">
<!-- A form control will be placed here -->
</fr:c>
</fr:grid>

Example with multiple cells spanning rows and columns:

<fr:grid id="grid-1-grid">
<fr:c y="1" x="1" w="6">
<!-- A form control will be placed here -->
</fr:c>
<fr:c y="1" x="7" w="6" h="2">
<!-- A form control will be placed here -->
</fr:c>
<fr:c x="1" y="2" w="3">
<!-- A form control will be placed here -->
</fr:c>
<fr:c x="4" y="2" w="3">
<!-- A form control will be placed here -->
</fr:c>
</fr:grid>

Until Orbeon Forms 2017.1

<fr:grid id="note-grid">
<xh:tr>
<xh:td>
<!-- A form control will be placed here -->
</xh:td>
</xh:tr>
</fr:grid>

Repeated mode

General information

Attributes:

  • id: optional grid id.

  • repeat

    • true: legacy repeat mode

    • content: new repeat mode with an enclosing element [SINCE Orbeon Forms 4.8]

  • bind or ref

    • with repeat="content": single item binding which binds to the enclosing element

    • with repeat="true": item sequence binding which binds to the repeated elements

  • template

    • XML data template used to insert new data when iterations are inserted

    • optional when the grid is readonly

  • min and max

    • minimum vs. maximum number of repeat iterations supported

    • can be an AVT

    • evaluation context

      • with repeat="content": context of the binding (bind or ref)

      • with repeat="true" (deprecated): context of the fr:grid element

    • are checked when the user attempts to add/remove iterations with the UI

    • max can also take the explicit value none

  • remove-constraint

    • optional XPath expression

    • evaluation context

      • context of the iteration item

    • if the constraint returns false(), the current row cannot be removed

  • freeze

    • optional number of rows at the top which cannot be removed or moved

    • can be an AVT [SINCE Orbeon Forms 2016.3]

    • evaluation context

      • with repeat="content": context of the binding (bind or ref)

      • with repeat="true": context of the fr:grid element

  • readonly

    • force the grid to be readonly when set to true

    • this cannot be an AVT

  • apply-defaults [SINCE Orbeon Forms 2016.1]

    • true: dynamic initial values (via the xxf:default MIP) apply to new iterations

    • missing or `false: dynamic initial values do not apply to new iterations

    • can be an AVT

  • appearance [SINCE Orbeon Forms 2016.1]

    • full

      • the default appearance, as with Orbeon Forms 4.10 and earlier

      • row menu

        • reordering of rows

        • insertion of rows at specific points

        • removing of specific rows

    • minimal

      • does not show the "+" button at the top left

      • does not show the row menu and associated features

      • instead just provides "Add another" and "Remove" links at the bottom

  • insert [SINCE Orbeon Forms 2016.2]

    • index

      • the "Add Another" or "+" button adds a new repetition after the iteration currently with keyboard focus

      • this is the default in full appearance

    • bottom

      • the "Add Another" or "+" button adds a new repetition after the last iteration

      • this is the default in minimal appearance

Starting Orbeon Forms 2017.2

<fr:grid
id="note-grid"
repeat="content"
bind="note-bind"
template="instance('note-template')"
min="0">
<fr:c y="1" x="1" w="12">
<!-- A form control will be placed here -->
</fr:c>
</fr:grid>

Until Orbeon Forms 2017.1

<fr:grid
id="note-grid"
repeat="content"
bind="note-bind"
template="instance('note-template')"
min="0">
<xh:tr>
<xh:td>
<!-- A form control will be placed here -->
</xh:td>
</xh:tr>
</fr:grid>

Data format

With repeat="content":

  • An enclosing element is present.

  • Nested elements, typically suffixed with -iteration, enclose each repetition.

<note>
<note-iteration>
<note-text/>
</note-iteration>
<note-iteration>
<note-text/>
</note-iteration>
</note>

With legacy repeat="true":

  • No enclosing element is present.

  • Elements are repeated at the top-level.

<note>
<note-text/>
</note>
<note>
<note-text/>
</note>

A template instance contains the XML data to insert for a new iteration:

<xf:instance id="note-template">
<note-iteration xmlns="">
<note-text/>
</note-iteration>
</xf:instance>

Relevance and readonly behavior

With repeat="content":

  • if the bound item is non-relevant, the grid is entirely hidden

  • if the bound item is readonly, the grid is entirely readonly and menus and icons don't show

In either case, fr:grid contains the rows to repeat as xh:tr. Each xh:tr contains xh:td cells as needed.

Events

[SINCE Orbeon Forms 2016.1]

The following events are dispatched to the fr:grid element:

Event name

Description

fr-iteration-added

Dispatched when the user has just added an iteration

fr-iteration-removed

Dispatched when the user has just removed an iteration

These events are not dispatched if the number of iterations changes by other means, for examle if the data is replaced, or inserts/deletes happen outside of the component.

See also