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Tables in Mems


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Mike Soylu
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Paul Davis

Wow, this seems tough. I love tables as much as the next guy, but doing the interface well seems hard.

I think all of the formatting in mem gets evaluated in real time, so I think tables will require adding new interface concept, either special-case table operations or some sort of dual-mode editing, switching between markdown and rendered versions.

Those both seem sad: One of the beauties of mem is how rarely one uses conventional menus, and putting people in modes is almost always a bad idea.

One way to avoid modes and avoid menu use would be to have a menu on right-click while editing a mem, what is sometimes called a context menu, and one of the items in that menu could be Insert Table, or an Insert submenu with table and other options.

Then table manipulation could be done on right-click menu - add row/column, delete row/column.

Another worry about this feature is that it is the top of a slippery slope. You start with simple tables, then you want borders, and backgrounds, and padding, and minimum heights... Lots of complexity.

mem's clean interface is one of it's primary virtues, and maintaining that as mems get richer and other features are added will be hard. I don't even the designers in this next phase...I'm eager to see how they deliver this feature while thinking ahead to future content enrichment and functional additions.


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Paul Davis

it's => its primary virtues


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renee groskreutz

This would be incredibly useful.


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Jethin Abraham

Waiting patiently for this feature. I would love to use Mem for a lot more use cases and Table/Database feature is what is lacking


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Rizwan Ahmed

Everything is great about Mems, tables would be a great feature.


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Julian Dumitrascu

I'd vote for databases as in Podio.


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Laura & Austin Nunnally

Any updates on this? I also would love tables. I'm using another system but have a strong preference to move all of my notes to Mem if possible. It'd be great if you could build tables based on a tag, and also build related tables of data based on related tags.


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Rafael Hernandez

A simple table would be great.


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Alex Platte

Great to see this in progress. Thanks for your work; tables are difficult but super helpful.


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Mike Soylu

Status changed to: In progress

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KAPIL RAJ GULATI

would be great if we can have tables to increase workability


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colin lederle

this would be great!


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Dhanesh Purohit

I hope the implementation of tables is as simple as this in the editor


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Jesse Dow

this is the one thing keeping me on Evernote I think.


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Jochen Gererstorfer

I have mems for #people and #writers. But I need also to create a table to oversee all of them. Could be very simple, in the Mem-way.


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Mike Soylu

Merged with: Tables as a second note type

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Yi Wei Lee

+1 !! This would be super helpful.
Actually I would just like a simple table that can be inserted into a mem, so certain data can be shown in a structured way. Eg, like a grid table that can be inserted into an outlook mail. If simple calculation (eg summation) is possible that will be even better


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Tobias Troendle

Is it also planned to have basic calculations possible? Like in Airtable where you can aggregate data easily


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Mike Soylu

We're actively exploring how we would go about implementing tables as well as structured data in a "Mem" way. We'll keep you posted on the progress 🙌


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Spirit LoveRoot

Structured data in the sense of databases?


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Michael Baxter

Is there any update on a vision for this?


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Julian Dumitrascu

That would be great.


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Mike Soylu

Status changed to: Planned