See Tables on my site. There is a method there and whilst I haven't tested it in RH8, I think it will still be good. I would be interested to hear your results.
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I wish I could say this is what I needed but it actually gives more functionality than I need.
What I have is a big glossary. Each table represents a letter. Obviously, I want the terms to be in alpha order. I don't need sort buttons or anything like that at the top of the table. I have a huge number of new terms that I should just be able to amend to the end of the table(s), click sort, and then have the terms be sorted alphabetically. At this point, I'm looking at doing it manually which will take a long time.
I know this isn't the most elegant solution for a glossary but it is what the customer wants.
I'm not awarw of that type of functionality in any application with tables. They have a linear concept. It sounds like what you need is some sort of database/spreadsheet solution that would allow item sorting. Have you tried maintaining in Excel and exporting to HTML before importing the file into RH? Just a thought.
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If I have a large table I need to resort, I save a temp file elsewhere and open in Word. Use the sort functionality in Word and Save As HTML (Filtered).
Then I open the htm file in a text editor with HTML and regular expression support and strip out all but the basic table, td, etc tags.
Then I copy and paste just the table code back into my original topic in RH HTML view and reformat there.
It's ugly, but for large tables quicker than manually copying and pasting individual cells.
Having said that, I've noticed that you can copy and past multiple rows now in RH8. However there is one bug. If you copy multiple cells that have hyperlinks in them, copying them into a different part of the table breaks all of the links - RH helpfully adds duplicate and hardcoded path information to each link.
If you only do one cell it seems to keep the correct path information.
Bug report submitted.
Message was edited by: Amebr
Thanks, Amebr, for the very helpful instructions. I have four gi-normous tables I have to put into alphabetic order and they're filled with hyperlinks. While the process you describe is tedious, it appears to work perfectly. Also, I think that one of the steps in your procedure is not needed with RH8. After opening the sorted table in Notepad or other text editor, you can simply copy all of the table code (from <table> to </table>) and paste it into HTML view in RH. When you first view the table, it will look awful but applying a table style and clicking Clean Table Inline Formatting causes RH to automatically strip out the unncessary formats that were added in Word.