Data Templates

Here we speak about the ways of presenting data inside the component after data loading.

After the data are loaded to the component, it is stored in the data object, and the component searches for the right value to display. So what is the object value for each data item?

Data Item Value

All supported data types may contain more than one value per item, e.g. each item of a film set may contain not only a film's title, but also its rank, production year, and number of votes.

Still, different components have different possibilities and requirements:

  • Components with single-value items: list and its variants (grouplist, unitlist and x-list), dataview and tree. Each of their items takes one value by default.
  • Components with multiple-value items: datatable and treetable. They take as many items as many columns are defined.
  • Chart requires a pair of values - one for each axis.

Item Value can be defined by:

  • JSON property/XML tag value
[ {id:1, value:"3", title:"" }, {id:2, value:"2", title:""} ]
<data><item value='3' other:""/><item value='2' other:""/></data>

Related sample:  Tree: JSON Dataset

Such definition would suit single-value components. If a data item has other properties, their values won't be shown unless you define a template.

  • data template that performs two tasks
    • main - defines which item property(-ies) should be treated as a value to display;
    • additional - adds formatting to this value.

Templates can be defined for any component you wish.

Templates can set one or several properties as the value to display:

    view: "list",
    template: "#title#"
}); // this list will show 'titles'
    view: "list",
    template: "#value#.#title#"
}); // this list will show 'values' and 'titles'

Related sample:  List

view: "datatable",
columns: [
    { id: "id", header: "...", width: 50}, // 1st col displays item 'IDs'
    { id: "title" }, // 2nd col displays item 'titles'
    { id: "value" }  // 3rd col displays item 'values'

Column IDs perform the main template function - they set the value to display. To add extra words or formatting to the displayed values, you can define a template for the column.

{ id: "title", template: "The title is <b>#title#</b>!" }

Template for CSV and JSArray

CSV and JSArray data types have neither tags nor properties.

// CSV 
'3,4 \n 2,6 \n 5, 9'
// JSarray
    [3, 4],[2, 6],[5, 9]

The elements are defined by their position in the CSV string or JSArray - data0, data1, data3

// list template
// datatable columns
columns: [
    { id: "data0" },
    { id: "data1" }

Related sample:  Loading from an Inline Data Source

As far as you've noticed, only JSON and XML data can be displayed without referring to a template, since only they can directly set values. Moreover, this can be applied only to the components with single-value items.

Chart exception

Chart requires two values per item - one for each axis.

  • Y-axis value is defined by the value property that can be additionally amended within the yAxis object property.
  • X-axis value is defined by the template within the xAxis object property.
   value:"#data0#", // in case of CSV or JSArray
            return (obj%20?"":obj);

In case of a template function (described below), the value is referred to as obj instead of standard obj.value (e.g. obj.title, obj.data0).

Related sample:  Chart: CSV Dataset

Template Contents

The whole template comes in quotation marks and includes:

  • JSON keys / XML tags from the initial dataset, surrounded by hash signs;
  • HTML tags and CSS selectors (optional, adds styling);
  • plain text.

Template Sample

template: "<span style='classname'>#title#</span>. Shot in #year#. Ranked #rank#."

Title, year and rank signify repeated values from the dataset. All the titles will be styled with the help of the .classname CSS class. 'Shot in' and 'Ranked' are plain text to be shown to the user.

Optionally, you can define the template for the data copied to the clipboard. If not specified, data will be taken according to the above-mentioned template.

templateCopy: "#rank#.#title#"

In this case, only the rank and title values are copied.

GroupList has its own templating pattern. Look into the related article for details.

The item in the initial data set looks like this:

{ title: "My film", year: 1994, rank: 7 }
    <title>My film</title>

Inside the component it looks like this: My film. Shot in 1998. Ranked 7.

Don't confuse the template property with the template component.

Template Types

Templates can be defined in five very flexible ways:

  • as HTML strings within JavaScript objects
  • by creating named templates
  • by extracting them from an HTML container
  • by retrieving them from an external file
  • as a function returning a string

Templates are included into Webix components as well as into some of their properties that take objects as values.

HTML inside JavaScript

JSON data in the dataview

var big_film_set = [
    { id: 1, title: "The Shawshank Redemption",
      year: 1994, votes: "67,879",
      rating: "9.2", rank: 1
    { ...}
  view: "dataview",
  template: "<div class='rank'>#rank#.</div><div class='title'>#title#</div>"

Related sample:  Template as a String

Named Template

Templates may be included inside the type parameter. A type is applied to each item rather than the whole component.

1 . First you should create a type with the webix.type constructor. It is created for the specified UI component:

webix.type(webix.ui.dataview, {
    name: "typeA",
    template: "<div class=''>#rank#.</div>"+
            "<div class='title'>#title#</div>"+
            "<div class='year'>#year# year</div>"

2 . Then you specify the name of that type as a value of the type property for this component:

    view: "dataview",
    type: "typeA"  // name of the webix.type object created in the first step

Related sample:  Named Templates

See the corresponding article to learn more about type implementation.

HTML Container with Data Template

A template may be defined inside an html-container and addressed by its id:

<textarea id="template_container" rows="5" cols="60" style="margin-left:20px">
   <div class='overall'>
        <div class='rank'>#rank#.</div>
        <div class='title'>#title#</div>
        <div class='year'>#year#</div>
    view: "dataview",
    // lookup the textarea by id and fetch its contents
    template: "html->template_container"

Related sample:  Pure HTML Template

External HTML template

Templates can be defined in external files. The template parameter will be a link to this file, prefixed by http->:


The file contents (an HTML template from the example above):

<div class="overall">
    <div class="rank">#rank#.</div>
    <div class="title">#title#</div>
    <div class="year">#year# year</div>

Note that these HTTP requests are not cached. If you use the same template repeatedly, it's better to retrieve it via AJAX and store it in a variable:

var objectDetailTemplate = webix.ajax().sync().get('template.html').responseText;

Related sample:  Pure HTML Template: Referring to External HTML

Template Function

template may as well be a function that returns a string to render. No #-interpolation will take place in this case; you have to interpolate variables on your own.

template: function (obj) {
    return "<div class='overall'><div class='rank'>" + obj.rank + ".</div>" +
      "<div class='title'>" + obj.title + "</div>" +
      "<div class='year'>" + obj.year + " year</div> </div>";

Related sample:  Template as a Function

  • If a value is defined by a JSON/XML tag value, you should refer to it as obj.value.
  • If a value is defined by a template, you should refer to it as obj.title, obj.rank, (CSV, JSArray), etc.

Template Function Parameters

A template function receives these parameters:

  • obj - each data item
  • common - common elements declared in type

Template functions of DataTable and TreeTable have additional parameters.

XSS Safe Templates

By default, #...# template placeholders are replaced with the data value without any processing. If you have HTML data in the data object, it is also placed in the template. In most cases this is an advantage, but sometimes it may be necessary to output such data as a text, not as an HTML:

  • when you have text data with special HTML characters (<, >, and &);
  • when you are not sure whether the data are safe (e.g. was entered by the user).

In such cases you can add an exclamation mark ! after the opening #:

  template: "My #data#" // will output data as HTML content 
  template: "My #!data#" // will output data as Text content 
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