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Opened 19 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

#1424 new enhancement

MediaWiki-style table syntax support

Reported by: xris@… Owned by:
Priority: lowest Milestone: next-major-releases
Component: wiki system Version: 0.8.1
Severity: normal Keywords: mediawiki tables
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Description (last modified by Christian Boos)

Just a personal preference, but I really like mediawiki's formatting styles for lists and tables (lists, because they make more sense to me, and tables because they're more powerful than trac's implementation).. (by tables, I mean the pipe-format, not the html or pseudo-html formats).


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comment:1 by Matthew Good, 19 years ago

Summary: request -- match mediawiki's list and table formattingMediaWiki-style table syntax support

MediaWiki's pipe table syntax seems decent and supports more sophisticated formatting than the basic table support in Trac now. It seems distinct enough that it could be supported in a way that also allows backwards compatibility with the current table syntax (though if a new table syntax is added, the old one should probably be deprecated at a later time).

I think that the syntax of starting numbered lists with a # would cause formatting problems or confusion with Trac ticket references. Supporting MediaWiki-style syntax for bulleted lists would then be inconsistent, and I don't see a distinct advantage of the syntax, so I don't think that it would make sense to support either of the list syntaxes.

comment:2 by Christian Boos, 19 years ago

I also prefer Trac's list syntax to MediaWiki's one. In MediaWiki, you can't get multi-line items: a newline marks the end of the item.

About the Table syntax: sure, it's more powerful, but how does it compare with table written using WikiRestructuredText? One can always have an embedded block of {{{!rst }}} for getting more complex content, e.g.

Header 1 Header 2 Header 3
body row 1 column 2 column 3
body row 2 RestructuredText
body row 3 Cells may span rows.
  • Cells
  • contain
  • blocks.
body row 4

Besides, if we would enhance Trac's own table syntax, we should rather consider the MoinMoin's table syntax, for consistency with the rest of the Wiki syntax.

comment:3 by Christian Boos, 19 years ago

Note: the above table was obtained with the following markup:

| Header 1   | Header 2   | Header 3  |
| body row 1 | column 2   | column 3  |
| body row 2 |`RestructuredText`:trac:|
| body row 3 | Cells may  | - Cells   |
+------------+ span rows. | - contain |
| body row 4 |            | - blocks. |

comment:4 by werner.krauss@…, 19 years ago

I like wackos way of making tables very easy:

http://wackowiki.com/WackoDocDeutsch/Formatierung?v=18ix#h7949-10 (sorry, i only find german description atm)

one tag for start and end of table (#row begins and ends with
and #)

table cell seperator is |

and the best: rows can be in more lines like

|| cell 1
|cell 2
still cell2

this way you can easily make quite complicate tables using wiki syntax.



comment:5 by Christian Boos, 17 years ago

Milestone: 1.0

Improved table support (esp. multi-line cells with arbitrary content) should definitely be on the feature list of 1.0 (if not earlier).

comment:6 by dinkumator@…, 17 years ago

I want to give this a little bump. I noticed MoinMoin has much nicer table support (spans etc) which matches with the current implementation style. http://moinmoin.wikiwikiweb.de/HelpOnTables

comment:7 by wladston@…, 15 years ago

I prefer the mediawiki's for a sole reason - wiki links…

I find muth better to do Page about something than PageAboutSomething as a link …

in reply to:  7 comment:8 by Christian Boos, 15 years ago

Replying to wladston@…:

I prefer the mediawiki's for a sole reason - wiki links…

I find muth better to do Page about something than PageAboutSomething as a link …

This is off-topic, we're talking about Tables here, not Links (and you may want to check the TracIni#wiki-section for the split_page_names option, maybe you'll like it better that way).

On the topic of tables, see TracDev/Proposals/AdvancedWikiFormatting#SimpleTables.

comment:9 by Christian Boos, 14 years ago

Description: modified (diff)
Keywords: mediawiki tables added
Milestone: 1.02.0
Owner: Jonas Borgström removed
Priority: normallow

Trac pipe-based syntax for tables has been much improved (see 0.12/WikiFormatting) and complex tables are now possible in Trac via WikiProcessors (see 0.12/WikiHtml).

Hence, supporting the MediaWiki pipe-based syntax for tables, while still interesting for compatibility reasons, becomes somewhat less urgent.

comment:10 by Christian Boos, 14 years ago

Milestone: 2.0unscheduled

Milestone 2.0 deleted

comment:11 by Christian Boos, 14 years ago

Milestone: triagingnext-major-0.1X
Priority: lowlowest

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