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Math, Money and Tables on Joomla!
If you want to present data neatly on your Joomla! blog, then you cannot go wrong with tables. DropTables for Joomla! has received two quickfire updates letting you do more with tables on Joomla! In DropTables’ latest update, new functionality accompanies finer details, giving you more control over your data.
Default Table Organization for Joomla!
The first two new introductions to DropTables are meant to help you show your data just the way you intend to by using pagination and default sorting. The former is meant to help you condense big data chunks into manageable pieces for your Joomla! audience. On the other hand, the latter feature allows you to give prominence to the data that deserves it the most.
The two options are snuggly available next to each other under the Table menu when editing tables. Pagination has to be enabled first, and gives you the freedom to choose how many rows to show at a time.
Pagination is particularly useful if you are trying to display copious amounts of data. In such cases, overwhelming the user is probably the last thing that you want. This feature lets your users digest the information slowly, and navigate freely or jump to specific pages.
Complementing pagination is default sorting. Especially in those cases when pagination is enabled, you might still want to give priority to certain rows. Sorting saves your Joomla! users the headache of trying to figure out which columns are the most important in your data by putting the most relevant information right on top.
DropTables now lets you define how to sort the data, allowing you to exploit your data’s potential. The sorting options are just below the pagination options, and let you choose not only the column to use to order records, but also the inherit ordering - whether ascending or descending. It is not only organization that has been boosted with the latest update to Joomla!, but also expressibility.
Advanced Mathematical Expressions
Needlessly to say, money and tables go together. However, so do money and mathematical expressions, but so far DropTables has been ill-equipped to cater for this pair. The newest version of DropTables is a step in the right direction and lets you do more with your financial figures, new calculation functions are: DATE, DAY, DAYS, DAYS360, OR, XOR, AND
In fact, it is now possible to use mathematical expressions with money just like you would with normal numbers. To use them, just input your expressions as usual and DropTables automatically handles all the behind-the-scenes tasks, ignoring currency symbols and performing the expressions as usual.
Data is no good if it does not tell a story. Whether splitting your data, ordering it or performing mathematical expressions, the latest update to DropTables lets you tell your story with whatever narrative you want to follow.