In praise of apex:inlineEditSupport

I recently had a requirement where one date value in a calculated table needed to be manually editable. While it would be possible to use an apex:inputField for all the values, using apex:inlineEditSupport seemed like a better approach because the need to edit is relatively rare. That allows the table to look uncluttered for the common case of no editing, yet still allows the values to be changed.

This is the result:


The point of this post is to highlight how easy this is to accomplish and to give a +1 to apex:inlineEditSupport in case anyone has been wary of using it in the several years it has been available…

All that was needed was to change this:

<apex:pageBlockTable value="{!payments}" var="p">
    <apex:column value="{!p.IssueDate__c}"/>

to this:

<apex:pageBlockTable value="{!payments}" var="p">
        <apex:facet name="header">
            <span class="inlineEditPencil">
        <apex:outputField value="{!p.IssueDate__c}">
            <apex:inlineEditSupport event="ondblclick"
                    showOnEdit="save, cancel"
                    hideOnEdit="submit, approve, send"

and to add a couple of new command buttons (“save” and “cancel”) for the inline editing mode.

This CSS displays the pencil icon in the heading (to hint that the column is different):

<style type="text/css">
/* Fragile */
.inlineEditPencil {
    padding-right: 16px;
    background: url(/img/func_icons/util/pencil12.gif) no-repeat right 2px;

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