Options from Ajax

This is the searchPanesextension for DataTables. This example shows how SearchPanes can be populated via ajax, while using client-side processing. The SearchPanes options must be defined in the ajax json data for this to happen, otherwise SearchPanes will just extract the data from the table as usual. The structure of the JSON required is documented here under the "Returned Data" heading.

It is worth noting that due to the requirements for users to provide accurate data for the SearchPanes options, neither searchPanes.cascadePanes or searchPanes.viewTotal are supported using this setup. While it is still possible to enable these options, it is not advised and may lead to unexpected behaviour.

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  • Javascript
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Ajax
  • Server-side script
  • Comments

The Javascript shown below is used to initialise the table shown in this example:

$(document).ready( function() { var table = $('#example').DataTable({ ajax: '../resources/options.json', dom: 'Plfrtip', columns: [ { data: "users.first_name" }, { data: "users.last_name" }, { data: "users.phone" }, { data: "sites.name" } ], columnDefs: [{ searchPanes: { show: true }, targets: [0, 1, 2, 3] }] }); } );

In addition to the above code, the following Javascript library files are loaded for use in this example:

The HTML shown below is the raw HTML table element, before it has been enhanced by DataTables:

This example uses a little bit of additional CSS beyond what is loaded from the library files (below), in order to correctly display the table. The additional CSS used is shown below:

The following CSS library files are loaded for use in this example to provide the styling of the table:

This table loads data by Ajax. The latest data that has been loaded is shown below. This data will update automatically as any additional data is loaded.

The script used to perform the server-side processing for this table is shown below. Please note that this is just an example script using PHP. Server-side processing scripts can be written in any language, using the protocol described in the DataTables documentation.

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