Edit multiple rows of records inline with Ajax and Classic ASP

Classic ASP Active Server Pages Examples, code, tutorials, scriptsYvo Schaap's inline edit Ajax script for editing multiple rows of records in a table display

This really is as easy as he says it is.

The example that is shown on Schaap's page is like for editing a single record, and his processing script is in PHP. I am more familiar with Classic ASP, so I wrote up a little example of how it might be used for inline editing of multiple records in a table grid.

Save this as instantedit.js

//script by http://www.yvoschaap.com

//XMLHttpRequest class function
function datosServidor() {
datosServidor.prototype.iniciar = function() {
try {
// Mozilla / Safari
this._xh = new XMLHttpRequest();
} catch (e) {
// Explorer
var _ieModelos = new Array(
var success = false;
for (var i=0;i < _ieModelos.length && !success; i++) {
try {
this._xh = new ActiveXObject(_ieModelos[i]);
success = true;
} catch (e) {
if ( !success ) {
return false;
return true;

datosServidor.prototype.ocupado = function() {
estadoActual = this._xh.readyState;
return (estadoActual && (estadoActual < 4));

datosServidor.prototype.procesa = function() {
if (this._xh.readyState == 4 && this._xh.status == 200) {
this.procesado = true;

datosServidor.prototype.enviar = function(urlget,datos) {
if (!this._xh) {
if (!this.ocupado()) {
if (this._xh.readyState == 4 && this._xh.status == 200) {
return this._xh.responseText;

return false;

var urlBase = "updatembr.asp";
var formVars = "";
var changing = false;

function fieldEnter(campo,evt,idfld) {
evt = (evt) ? evt : window.event;
if (evt.keyCode == 13 && campo.value!="") {
elem = document.getElementById( idfld );
remotos = new datosServidor;
nt = remotos.enviar(urlBase + "?fieldname=" +encodeURI(elem.id)+ "&content="+encodeURI(campo.value)+"&"+formVars,"");
//remove glow
elem.innerHTML = nt;
changing = false;
return false;
} else {
return true;


function fieldBlur(campo,idfld) {
if (campo.value!="") {
elem = document.getElementById( idfld );
remotos = new datosServidor;
nt = remotos.enviar(urlBase + "?fieldname=" +escape(elem.id)+ "&content="+escape(campo.value)+"&"+formVars,"");
elem.innerHTML = nt;
changing = false;
return false;

//edit field created
function editBox(actual) {
//alert(actual.nodeName+' '+changing);
width = widthEl(actual.id) + 20;
height =heightEl(actual.id) + 2;

if(height < 40){
if(width < 100) width = 150;
actual.innerHTML = "<input id=\""+ actual.id +"_field\" style=\"width: "+width+"px; height: "+height+"px;\" maxlength=\"254\" type=\"text\" value=\"" + actual.innerHTML + "\" onkeypress=\"return fieldEnter(this,event,'" + actual.id + "')\" onfocus=\"highLight(this);\" onblur=\"noLight(this); return fieldBlur(this,'" + actual.id + "');\" />";
if(width < 70) width = 90;
if(height < 50) height = 50;
actual.innerHTML = "<textarea name=\"textarea\" id=\""+ actual.id +"_field\" style=\"width: "+width+"px; height: "+height+"px;\" onfocus=\"highLight(this);\" onblur=\"noLight(this); return fieldBlur(this,'" + actual.id + "');\">" + actual.innerHTML + "</textarea>";
changing = true;


//find all span tags with class editText and id as fieldname parsed to update script. add onclick function
function editbox_init(){
if (!document.getElementsByTagName){ return; }
var spans = document.getElementsByTagName("span");

// loop through all span tags
for (var i=0; i<spans.length; i++){
var spn = spans[i];

if (((' '+spn.className+' ').indexOf("editText") != -1) && (spn.id)) {
spn.onclick = function () { editBox(this); }
spn.style.cursor = "pointer";
spn.title = "Click to edit!";



//crossbrowser load function
function addEvent(elm, evType, fn, useCapture)
if (elm.addEventListener){
elm.addEventListener(evType, fn, useCapture);
return true;
} else if (elm.attachEvent){
var r = elm.attachEvent("on"+evType, fn);
return r;
} else {
alert("Please upgrade your browser to use full functionality on this page");

//get width of text element
function widthEl(span){

if (document.layers){
} else if (document.all && !document.getElementById){
} else if(document.getElementById){
return w;

//get height of text element
function heightEl(span){

if (document.layers){
} else if (document.all && !document.getElementById){
} else if(document.getElementById){
return h;

function highLight(span){
//span.parentNode.style.border = "2px solid #D1FDCD";
//span.parentNode.style.padding = "0";
span.style.border = "1px solid #54CE43";

function noLight(span){
//span.parentNode.style.border = "0px";
//span.parentNode.style.padding = "2px";
span.style.border = "0px";


//sets post/get vars for update
function setVarsForm(vars){
formVars = vars;

addEvent(window, "load", editbox_init);

Put these into your datalist.asp table page

In the header of your data list page, put this:
<script type="text/javascript" src="instantedit.js"></script>

In the body of your data list page, put this:
<script type="text/javascript"> setVarsForm("pageID=profileEdit&userID=11"); </script>
Edit the variables as desired.The inline edit script seems to work fine without it, but you can put additional variables into it to be retrieved from querystring if you like.

Your rows of records are presumably in a table like this

First Last Job
Janine Turner actress
Jerry Wells horse trainer
Jerzy Kosinski writer

This tutorial assumes you already know how to get an ASP script to spit out rows of records into a html table.

Because I wanted to use Yvo Schaap's Ajax script for inline editing of multiple rows of records, I needed to be able to designate the primary key of the specific record being edited.

To do that, I put a pipe delimiter character in the span id name, followed by the value of the primary key:
<span id="FirstName|<%=rs("DKEY")%>" class="editText"><% response.write rs("FirstName") %></span>

The html the script renders looks something like this:
<td width="98"><span id="FirstName|100" class="editText">Janine</span></td>
<td width="99">Turner</td>
<td width="99">actress</td>
<td width="98">
<span id="FirstName|102" class="editText">Jerry</span></td>
<td width="99">Wells</td>
<td width="99">horse trainer</td>
<td width="98">
<span id="FirstName|103" class="editText">Jerzy</span></td>
<td width="99">Kosinski</td>
<td width="99">writer</td>

Then in the script below that processes the data input, the span id name is split at the pipe delimiter and the primary key fished out for use in the sql statement.


Save this as update.asp


'this is just an example! You will need to put in some security code to prevent malicious use

xDb_Conn_Str = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=" & server.mappath("../YourPath/YOURDB.mdb") & ";"

' Open Connection to the database
set conn = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
conn.Open xDb_Conn_Str

'How to get the primary key for the record being edited? I decided to add the primary key to the span id with the character | as a separator. Then split the span id/fieldname to get the primary key:
strKarray = Split(Request.querystring("fieldname"), "|")
strField = (strKarray(0)) 'here is my field name
strKey = clng(strKarray(1))   'my primary key is an autonumber, make sure strKey is cint or clng

strsql = "SELECT * FROM [MEMBERS] WHERE [ID]=" & strKey

set rs = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Recordset")
rs.Open strsql, conn, 1, 2

rs("FirstName") = Trim(request.querystring("content")) 'use Trim to remove any accidental spaces before or after the string

if strField = "FirstName" then
rs("FirstName") = Trim(request.querystring("content")) 'use Trim to remove any accidental spaces before or after the string
strData = rs("FirstName") 'here we get the updated field for sending back to viewer
end if

if strField = "LastName" then
rs("LastName") = Trim(request.querystring("content")) 'use Trim to remove any accidental spaces before or after the string
strData = rs("LastName")  'here we get the updated field for sending back to viewer
end if

'here is an example of handling a numeric field
if strField = "Price" then
If IsNumeric(Trim(request.querystring("content"))) Then
rs("Price") = Trim(request.querystring("content")) 'use Trim to remove any accidental spaces before or after the string
end if
strData = rs("Price) 'here we get the updated field for sending back to viewer
end if


response.write strData 'here the updated field is shown back to you and can be edited again if needed
Set rs = Nothing
Set conn = Nothing


Test thoroughly before use and back up your database.
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