[development] Table hook idea

David Metzler metzlerd at metzlerd.com
Fri Nov 9 02:39:16 UTC 2007

I don't know that this is relevant, but I've been writing general  
form api helper functions that embed form fields in a table via a  
field-set (e.g. everything in a column is  checkbox) and merge the  
returned form values back into an array based on a field naming  

Right now this is part of a php 5 dependent module, (xml_ui) and so  
not really ready for syndication.

But if you find it helpful, I'd certainly be willing to share code  
with you.  (also won't be offended if you don't use it).

For me, form fields within a table is more interesting than  
hook_table, but hey, I'm just one guy.

On Nov 8, 2007, at 4:55 AM, Gordon Heydon wrote:

> Hi,
> Gerhard Killesreiter wrote:
>> Earl Miles schrieb:
>>> Gordon Heydon wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> Once drupal 6 is out I am going to be continuing my development of
>>>> merging theme(table) to the formapi. I have gotten the  
>>>> #pre_render into
>>>> the formapi so that we can generate the table from a  
>>>> drupal_render().
>>> I am really against merging theme('table') and formapi for two  
>>> reasons:
>>> 1) I've already written that theme('table') is harmful to  
>>> themers, in
>>> general. I want to see less use of it, not more.
>>> 2) I feel very strongly that we do *too* much display-oriented  
>>> work in
>>> fapi and we need to do less. We need to separate that work, not  
>>> combine
>>> it more. Yes, we need to do it in such a way that we retain the  
>>> power
>>> that we have, but right now we are giving the module developer  
>>> power at
>>> the expense of the themer. This is a trend I am actively  
>>> attempting to
>>> reverse.
>> I am fearing the performance implications...
> Yes, that is on my mind as well. But I hope that it is no worse  
> than the
> the current system, but we will not know that until it is done.
> Gordon.
>> Cheers,
>> 	Gerhard
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