Formatting options for Long Text


#72

Hey Ammon! Great question about +1s. We take all input into consideration and definitely look at the number of :heart:s on a topic to measure Community interest. So, to make sure your voice gets heard in support of a feature, go ahead and click that :heart:!

In general, we get substantially more value out of learning what specific use cases you have in mind for a particular feature, or specific elements that you would like included in a feature, than we do from a comment that just says “+1” (which is why “+1” comments are discouraged in the community guidelines). +1 comments also aren’t easily quantifiable for us in the way that :heart:ing the initial post is.

With more specific comments, our dev team can keep your use cases top-of-mind when working on a feature. Once a feature is in development, we can invite users who have commented with specific use cases in mind to be part of the beta so that we can collect more detailed feedback from them.

Hope this helps, and while we will post again in this thread when we have relevant updates to share, as always, you can keep an eye on the What’s New page to see what new features have been released for general availability recently.


#73

Thanks for clarifying, @Katherine_Duh!

As the original poster here (118 :heart:'s and over 5k views later :wink:), I’ve noticed that fellow commenters in the literary and book/magazine publishing worlds share our specific use case. We all want italics and bold formatting (at a minimum) so we can use Long Text fields to hold multi-paragraph rich text. This could then be copied/pasted or accessed by other means into other applications, simplifying various content-creation workflows that rely on formatted text.

Common needs for italicized text include: book titles, scientific terms, and phrases from Latin or other foreign languages. Bold formatting is primarily useful for headings, i.e. an author’s name before their bio. Other commenters outside the literary world seem to need this functionality for product titles and descriptions.


#74

That would be my use case as well. Book publishing needs blurbs (or book descriptions) that often contain italics or bold. I’m currently using a workaround that I sourced via Upwork where I use my own markdown (brackets for bold and braces for italics) and then pull the text out via the API and insert it into a Word doc and convert it to actual italics and bold for various document types I need. It’s a lot more labour intensive than it needs to be, especially given the page designer block. I’m not sure how people are using the page designer block without in-built italics and bold in some kind of markdown field.


#75

Another use case would be if someone was using the product as a CRM solution. If I wanted to take notes on a call or a person, the ability to use markdown formatting would really help with organizing information in a way that is more structured using lists, headings, and italics. Maybe it could be a new field type or a block enabling markdown support and display when the record is expanded.


#76

+1 for this. Bold, underline and bullets for sure, but I have a number of other uses I’d want to put it to. E.g.

  1. I send emails into my table, and at the moment, they can look hideous and undecipherable. It would be really useful to maintain the formatting.
  2. I’d like to be able to put an editable table into the long-text field.

#77

+1 for this feature- Submitted such a long time ago…


#78

+1 for markdown, this is a must-have for platforms like Airtable.


#79

We’re still desperate for this one. It would open up a tonne of possibilities for us. Particularly with regards to the Page Builder, which is useless to us without rich text.


#80

+1. It would be great to have some way of formatting the contents of a cell/long text.

This isn’t ideal, and possibly of side interest to some, but if anyone’s trying to use AirTable to produce a dynamic webpage/site (e.g. see here), they can use CSS styling to ‘parse’ the carriage returns in a Long Text field and replace them with line breaks.

Just use the css style `white-space: pre-wrap;’. Wrap any AirTable field you’re inserting into a HTML page with a class that has ‘white-space: pre-wrap’ for styling. e.g.

In HTML:

<p class=“w”>
<!–insert the AirTable Long Text here.–>
</p>

In CSS:

p.w {
white-space: pre-wrap;
}

You could do the same for italics and bold text, but you’d need to manually wrap any words or phrases with <span></span> and add the respective styling.


#81

Add Markdown to at a minimum Long Text field. I mean even your community app has markdown capabilities. Would be awesome.


#82

Their community app is not built by them. It’s a commonly used forum software called discourse. Just FYI


#83

yea i know - it was just pointing something that is common in apps used as CMS , Tracking, Project Management, Forms, Etc.

We were going to use Discourse - but decided on a different path ourselves.


#84

+1 to markup

This is unfortunately one of the main reasons my use of Airtable has been so limited. I need some way to format long notes so they aren’t eye-straining blocks. URLs, as mentioned, are unwieldy. The lack of any kind of bullet points to make lists, or bolding or italics to break things up, makes it impossible to do any meaningful note-taking.

It’s kind of hard to believe this hasn’t been addressed yet.