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What do you think of Inline Editing?

Inline Editing is now officially a part of the product. The tutorial is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmETu.... More detailed tutorials are coming soon.

Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions related to this feature.

There will be another update in two week from now labeled 8.7.2.0. It will include a few capabilities that didn't make in the release last Friday:

1) Ability to "check" checkboxes within a grid with a mouse
2) Pressing Del key will clear the cell (column value) in the row without activating edit mode.
3) Optimistic Saving will be integrated in the framework by default.

Right now is a good time to offer your ideas and suggestions.
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    I really like the fact that users can now do in-line editing. It makes it so much easier when dealing with a grids that have a small number of columns to make changes. It saves keystrokes. That is important to volume users.

    I have to scheme a way to deal with inline editing being off or one for the users. Its more of a training issue.

    I have been waiting for this a long time. It very much appreciated and I feel a real improvement to the U/I.
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  • My only suggestion I can think of is when the view is NOT in inline-editing-mode, that pressing F2 enables inline-editing-mode for the highlighted row as the context menu item "Edit [F2]" suggests. Other than that, it's pretty great so far!
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  • I gave a few of my clinic users a "sneak peek"..they loved it. I agree with the F2 mode above.

    Suggestion: also, noting that pressing ESC key will cancel a field edit, an additional press of the ESC key removes you from Inline edit mode completely (Inline editing indicator before first column is removed),

    Thank you. Very pleased with inline editing.
    Robert
    • Robert,

      The default function of ESC is to Cancel/Close a modal form.

      If there is an input with a focus then ESC will first "loose" the focus. ESC will close the form if pressed again.

      If a form has a summary view in grid/list/cards mode, then a "dotted" selection frame surrounds the area and the solid colorful frame is positioned over the current field in the current row. The first press of ESC removes the colorful solid selection frame of inline editor. The second press will "lose" the focus of the summary view in a form - the dotted frame will disappear. Pressing ESC the third time will "cancel" the form.

      You are asking to make ESC to cancel the inline editing mode. If we do that then it may end up being confusing to the user.

      Is it really important to cancel inline editing mode with a keyboard shortcut?
    • Totally understand regarding the ESC key.. wouldn't want to confuse the user.

      I think having keyboard shortcut to initiate inline editing mode would be good for desktop users using keyboard as primary input. It saves having to use the mouse. It isn't critically important, just convenient IMHO.

      I see above in Jason's response that F2 will be used to enable, could pressing F2 again cancel inline editing? Thanks
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  • I noticed that the Edit action in the context menu enables inline-editing. I also read above if I understand correctly that in the future update the Edit function will enable inline-editing for that record only rather than the whole grid. That's all great.

    I find 2 behaviors annoying to users:
    If they have inline-editing NOT enabled:
    1- double clicking on a record, enables the inline-editing rather than opening the editForm1 in the Select command. They have to right click >> Select instead.
    2- right-clicking a record >> edit (context menu), enables inline-editing rather than opening the editForm1 in edit command.

    I think there should be 2 view tags: one makes the context "Edit" action open editForm1 and another that enables inline-editing. Currently, there is a tag that hides the Edit action altogether which is useful in some cases.
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  • i got some issue
    in 8.7.2.0's m2m editing inline mode

    my models


    i created m2 field on m1 using m2m tutorial --> successfully


    however, when activating the inline editing, the before-items all disappeared and displayed the "Add Item" instead ... shall we better have a similar behavior as the form's mode (displaying existing items that we can add or remove any of them)
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  • can you put this behavior into the grid's instead?
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  • Carlos/Eduviges,

    Inline Editing supports spreadsheet-style keyboard navigation between cells. User can start entering data via keyboard when the cell if focused. The input controls show up on top of the cell. "Data table" is not distorted during data input.

    Our implementation also works on touch screens without additional programming. The input fields are automatically displayed at the top of the screen to accommodate the virtual keyboard of the device.

    Keyboard navigation between cells and spreadsheet-style data input is not supported with dynamic data. The width of cells is distorted when Asp.Net input controls are activated.
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