Please add the ability to add formulas & reference other columns to the Rich Text Format type columns. Would be great if can have a default text option as well
I’m pretty sure closing feature gaps like this may now be possible with the Script Block.
For example, implementing a default rich text feature would simply scan all empty records and drop in the default text. Since Airtable’s rich text field is really just a Markdown implementation, scripting Markdown text is simple work. Run the block occasionally to update the empty rows.
Indeed. This is a product management issue as much as a technical challenge. Historically, Airtable has missed some of these key feature alignment requirements and why I often ask - where is product management’s voice and why aren’t they all over these conversations?
To be clear, I didn’t suggest that anyone should be forced to do anything. Rather, I made the comment that this may now be possible with Script Blocks. In fact, I characterised this approach as a possibility by using the word “possible”.
I don’t often defend many of the choices that Airtable has made, but I must defend the idea that integrated scripting is a vastly more sane approach to overcoming many of the seeming cul-de-sacs inherent in Airtable. Philosophically, I get it - people who came to Airtable for its code-free claims are suddenly thrust into code to overcome these shortcomings? The irony does not escape me.
For many of the companies that I build solutions for, there’s a common thread of sensibility that is pervasive –
No user should ever be surprised with unexpected constraints.
In a tool like Airtable there is a pervasive understanding that pretty much all data fields are subject to formulaic manipulation; no exceptions.
Surprise! Rich text is not subject to formulaic manipulation.