Dojo Data Grid – Part 32: Setting Row Color Based on Row Data

In this post, I’ll show how dynamically change the row color in an XPages Dojo Data Grid based on data in the row.

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Conditional Row Styling

A common use case for setting the row color is to draw attention to certain rows based on the status. If an item is being shipped and it’s late, you might want to highlight it in red to make sure that it’s obvious that there’s a problem.

The client-side onStyleRow event of the grid is the key to this technique. It executes as each row is drawn in the grid, which is the timing we need in order to dynamically set the row styling. See my previous post on the onStyleRow event for more information.


In the method I’ll demonstrate, it appends a class to each row that is styled. For this to work, the class names have to correspond to CSS classes that define the row style.

Here is the CSS used in my sample:

.redRow {
  background-color:red !important;
.yellowRow {
  background-color:yellow !important;
.greenRow {
  background-color:green !important;
.blueRow {
  background-color:blue !important;
.grayRow {
  background-color:gray !important;

The Code

Below is the source code for a working example. Since the data I have in my test database is about people, I set it up to display different row colors if the first name starts with A, B, C, or D.

var columnNumber = 0;  // 0-based column number of the grid data to read

// This event automatically receives an object with information about the current row. It's not named, so we refer to it by arguments[0]
var row = arguments[0];

// Read the data from the specified cell in the row
var firstName = dojo.query('TD', row.node)[columnNumber].innerHTML;
if (firstName == '...') {

// Assign the style class based on the first letter of the first name
var rowClass = 'grayRow';
switch(firstName.substr(0,1).toUpperCase()) {
  case 'A':
    rowClass = 'redRow';
  case 'B':
    rowClass = 'yellowRow';
  case 'C':
    rowClass = 'greenRow';
  case 'D':
    rowClass = 'blueRow';

row.customClasses += ' ' + rowClass;

Understanding the Code

The main thing that the code needs to do is to read the row data and set the class accordingly. Now that we understand what information is available in the onStyleRow even, the code is pretty simple.

Line 1 defines the column number from which data should be read. It’s 0-based (because I’ll end up getting an array of table cells to read from and that will be 0-based). In this example, I want to read the firstname column, so it’s set to column #0.

Line 4 gets a handle to the object that is automatically passed into the onStyleRow event. It’s not named, so we refer to it by arguments[0].

Line 7 does the heavy lifting. It uses dojo.query to get all of the cells (TD) in the table for the current row. It gets the nth cell based on the column number defined in line 1; this determines which column it’s reading. It then returns the innerHTML of that cell in order to return the cell content.

Lines 8-10 account for the grid behavior that defaults each cell to ‘…’. The onStyleRow event will run twice as rows are loaded. The first time, the data will be ‘…’ and thereafter, it will be populated with the real data. So, if this is the initial pass, just exit the function for the time being and it will re-execute as the data is filled in.

The rest of the code reads the first character of the first name and determines which style class to add to the row.

The last line uses the customClasses property of the row in order to add the style class that sets the row color.

The Result

That’s it — we now have code that dynamically styles the row colors based on the data within the row!

Grid 30 - B


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