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Create a HTML table from JSON that can be sorted, selected, and post-processed using a simple callback.


Check out the demo provided with this package.


This package can be easily installed using Bower.

Modern v3 (no dependencies)

$ bower install tidy-table#3

Legacy v2 (requires jQuery 1.8.3)

Compatible with Firefox 3.6, Chrome, Safari 5, Opera, and Internet Explorer 7+ web browsers.

$ bower install tidy-table#2

Manual install:

  1. Download the latest sources to your computer using a web browser.
  2. Extract the contents of the .zip into a folder on your local computer.
  3. Upload the folder with the following files to your web site.
Filename Role
tidy-table.min.js The main script to be included from within your HTML document.
tidy-table.min.css This style sheet that defines the "look & feel" of the HTML table.


It's as simple as defining a node container using a JavaScript selector and passing tabular data as JSON. There are options available for post-processing table/column/menu elements, if needed.

  settings, data [columnTitles, columnValues, menuOptions, postProcess]

Source Code

Add the following JavaScript/CSS between the <head></head> tags of your HTML document.

Use Example 1 - Options defined

<script src="/path/to/tidy-table.min.js"></script>
window.addEventListener('load', function() {
  var block = document.getElementById('container')
      enableCheckbox: true,
      enableMenu:     true
      columnTitles: ['Column A', 'Column B', 'Column C', 'Column D', 'Column E'],
      columnValues: [
        ['1', '1A', '1B', '1C', '1D', '1E'],
        ['2', '2A', '2B', '2C', '2D', '2E'],
        ['3', '3A', '3B', '3C', '3D', '3E'],
        ['4', '4A', '4B', '4C', '4D', '4E'],
        ['5', '5A', '5B', '5C', '5D', '5E']

      // do something with selected results
      menuOptions : [
        ['Option 1', { callback: doSomething1 }],
        ['Option 2', { callback: doSomething2 }]

      // post-process DOM elements
      postProcess: {
        table:  doSomething3,
        column: doSomething4,
        menu:   doSomething5

      // pre-process column values before sort (optional)
      sortByPattern: function(col_num, val) {
        if (col_num != 1) return val;

        return String(val).replace(/$|%|#/g, '');

  // copy the table options menu
  var menu = block.querySelector('select.tidy_table').cloneNode(true);

  // remove stored data

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/path/to/tidy-table.min.css">

Use Example 2 - Quick and dirty

<script src="/path/to/tidy-table.min.js"></script>
window.addEventListener('load', function() {
      columnTitles: ['Column A', 'Column B', 'Column C', 'Column D', 'Column E'],
      columnValues: [
        ['1', '1A', '1B', '1C', '1D', '1E'],
        ['2', '2A', '2B', '2C', '2D', '2E'],
        ['3', '3A', '3B', '3C', '3D', '3E'],
        ['4', '4A', '4B', '4C', '4D', '4E'],
        ['5', '5A', '5B', '5C', '5D', '5E']

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/path/to/tidy-table.min.css">

Plug-in Settings

The following options can be passed to the plug-in main function as JSON

Option Description Default Value
enableCheckbox add checkbox functionality to table output false
enableMenu add select menu functionality to manipulate table output false
reverseSortDir change the sorting arrow image direction false
responsive enabled responsive layout on supported mobile devices false

Select Menu Events

When a callback function is defined a response is returned. The following functions correspond to the examples provided above.

function doSomething1(rows) {
  alert('callback1(rows=' + rows.length + ')');

function doSomething2(rows) {
  alert('callback2(rows=' + rows.length + ')');

Post-processing Elements

There are times where you may need to customize the table result behavior. This can be easily achieved using optional postProcess hooks. The following functions correspond to the examples provided above.

Hide the second column of results

function doSomething3(table) {
  var cols = table.querySelectorAll('th:nth-child(2), td:nth-child(2)');

  for (var i = 0; i < cols.length; i++) {
    cols[i].style.display = 'none';

Create form element (for inline editing) on mouse event

function doSomething4(col) {
  col.addEventListener('click', function() {
    if (this.querySelector('form')) return;

    var form = document.createElement('form');

    form.addEventListener('submit', function() {
      var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();'POST', '');

    var field = document.createElement('input');
    field.setAttribute('type', 'text');
    field.setAttribute('value', this.textContent);

    var button = document.createElement('input');
    button.setAttribute('type', 'submit');



Hide menus when a session cookie doesn't exist

function doSomething5(menu) {
  if (!getCookie('session')) { = 'none';

v2 Support

There will be limited support for this version going forward. It's recommended that you upgrade to the latest release to take advantage of the new features and bug fixes.

Functional Testing

This package has been preconfigured to support QUnit headless testing using Travis-CI. If you plan on using another integration tool you will have to create a custom project that combines the use of QUnit and PhantomJS plugins. If headless testing in not available you can manually run test.html in your web browser.

Design Template

I have provided with this package the Photoshop template used to create the sort arrows shown in the Tidy Table results. If you only need to support modern web browsers these items can be replaced with CSS3 transform and HTML5 SVG images.


I have included with this package a packed version (3.8 kB) and developers version (unpacked 12 kB)

You can always find the latest updates within this projects repository.

Code Repository

This projects repository is currently hosted on Github


For feedback, bug reports, or other comments, feel free to contact me at: devel at mbrooks dot info

License and Warranty

This package is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Tidy Table is provided under the terms of the MIT license.

Tidy Table ©2012-2016 Marc S. Brooks