TableTools (previously TableSort)
Last week, the TableTools Firefox extension was brand new and I looked at it as a patch. I was wrong. This week, I will do a full review of the extension in lieu of what happened last week.
The author, Mingyi Lui, has done a great job with this extension. Install the extension and find a site that has a table to test drive this puppy. Mingyi has a test table in the demo area, but I prefer to use a real world table. Let's hit the Fortune 500 list.
The TableTools Firefox extension use the following keyboard shortcuts to accomplish certain tasks dealing with tables.
|CTRL-ALT-left mouse click||Sorts the table column you clicked.|
|CTRL-SHIFT-left mouse click||Performs an "AutoFilter", similar to Excel|
|CTRL-Z-left mouse click||Copy the table as left-justified tab-delimited text (for copying over to Excel)|
|CTRL-Q-left mouse click||Same as above, only the text is not left-justified.|
|CTRL-E-left mouse click||Copy the HTML of the table content.|
As you can see, the TableTools Firefox extension has quite a lot of flexibility and I'm sure that this extension will become helpful to data miners, accountants, and possibly bloggers for sorting their profit columns.
The extension is pretty solid and I haven't had any problems with it since installation. It performs as expected and is definitely better than a patch. :-)