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Repeater Easy Sort

Adds a compact "easy-sort" mode to Repeater and Repeater Matrix, making those fields easier to sort when there are a large number of items.

The module also enhances Repeater Matrix by allowing a colour to be set for each matrix type. This colour is used in the item headers and in the "add new" links, to help visually distinguish different matrix types in the inputfield.

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A Repeater field

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A Repeater Matrix field with custom header colours

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Easy-sort mode

Each Repeater/Matrix item gets an double-arrow icon in the item header. Click this icon to enter easy-sort mode.

While in easy-sort mode:

  • The items will reduce in width so that more items can be shown on the screen at once. The minimum width is configurable in the field settings.
  • Any items that were in an open state are collapsed, but when you exit easy-sort mode the previously open items will be reopened.
  • You can drag an item left/right/up/down to sort it within the items.
  • The item that you clicked the icon for is shown with a black background. This makes it easier to find the item you want to move in easy-sort mode.
  • You can click an item header to open the item.
  • An "Exit easy-sort mode" button appears at the bottom of the inputfield.

Configuration

In the field settings for Repeater and Repeater Matrix fields you can define a minimum width in pixels for items in easy-sort mode. While in easy-sort mode the items will be sized to neatly fill the available width on any screen size but will never be narrower than the width you set here.

In the field settings for Repeater Matrix you can define a custom header colour for each matrix type using an HTML "color" type input. The default colour for this type of input is black, so when black is selected in the input it means that no custom colour will be applied to the header.

Exclusions

The easy-sort mode is only possible on Repeater/Matrix fields that do not use the "item depth" option.

 

https://github.com/Toutouwai/RepeaterEasySort
https://processwire.com/modules/repeater-easy-sort/

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Nice! I'm not an UI expert but personally I'd find it more intuitive to have a grid/list switch in the inputfield header similar to the image field:

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Not sure, just wanted to share that idea 🙂

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11 hours ago, bernhard said:

I'm not an UI expert but personally I'd find it more intuitive to have a grid/list switch in the inputfield header similar to the image field

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll keep it in mind but for now will leave the interface as it is for a couple of reasons:

  • The intention with this module is just to create a temporary mode to activate when doing a drag sort, and leaving the repeater interface as per the core default at other times. At this point I don't want to get into making broader changes to the repeater interface: hacking controls into the inputfield header (the core doesn't make this easy to do), setting a default view mode, storing the view mode in a cookie, etc, like what is done with image fields.
  • I'm predicting that users will first identify the item they want to drag with the repeater field in its normal mode. When easy-sort mode is activated the repeater items move quite a bit from their original position, and it's a feature of this module that the item you want to drag gets identified with a black background so it's easier to locate. This requires a button per repeater item rather than a single button per repeater field.

 

4 hours ago, Rudy said:

I noticed that the grid only works with UIkit theme. It just shorten the width but not wrapped around.

Fixed in v0.1.1. Although personally speaking I gotta say... I wish @ryan would drop those ancient legacy themes from the core because it's a real hassle for module developers to support multiple themes. The Uikit theme has been the default standard for several years at this point and it's the only theme that's likely to get attention and further development going forward, so PW users should get on board with it. I only test my modules in AdminThemeUikit but will consider compatibility fixes for legacy themes on a case-by-case basis.

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