QicsTable Documentation Set

HOWTO - Cell Spanning

The QicsTable widget supports cell spanning. Cell spanning is a way of specifying a region of the grid that should appear as one cell. The contents of the first (top and left) cell in the span is displayed in the entire spanned region.

When a cell span is created, all of the cells that are spanned (i.e. cells that are in the spanning region but are not the first cell in the region) are not visible. They cannot be traversed to, and thus cannot be edited. If you are trying to cause a cell to display its contents over multiple cells, but still want those cells to be able to be edited, you should investigate cell overflow features instead (see HOWTO - Cell Overflowing for details).

A cell spanning region is specified by a QicsSpan object. A QicsSpan object differs from a QicsRegion object in that a span is specified by a starting cell and a height and width, while a region is specified by a start cell and an end cell.

Once you have created a span object, simply add the span by calling addCellSpan(). This method will check to make sure that this new span does not overlap any other span.

    // Create a span starting at cell (1,1), spanning 2 rows and 3 columns
    QicsSpan span(1,1, 2,3);

    // Add the span to the table

    // Set a new value in the starting cell of the span
    QString val = QString("Span region from cell (1,1)\n2 rows x 3 columns");
    data_model->setItem(1, 1, val);


To remove a span, call removeCellSpan(). Because no two cell spans can overlap, it is only necessary to specify the starting cell of the span to remove it.

The current list of spanned regions in the table can be retrieved by calling cellSpanList(). The returned list is a copy of the table's internal list, and must be deleted by the caller when it is no longer needed. Modifications to this list will not affect the table.

One specialized use of cell spanning is to create major/minor rows and columns. Please see HOWTO - Major/Minor Rows and Columns for details.

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