I am wondering if you have seen a table design on web where multiple items could be edited at the same time. For example if I have a column with title group name and the first row is having value "group India" and second one is having value "group Japan". Now if I decide to click on a edit next to group India, it converts the group India row into a text input box, however now I don't click on save button associated with group India and leave the text input box. I move over to the second row i.e. group Japan and click on edit. Now I would like to have two edit boxes at the same time displayed. Then the user can click on save( 2 separate or a global save) once they are done changing the name of the group. If you could point me to some examples it would be great. Thanks
What you propose will give a WYSIWYG way of editing the table, good idea when you have a large data grid and only plain text data (multiple rich text editors inside a tables looks a mess!).
I've built something like this for an app a few months back that seems to do the job well.
make sure you highlight all rows which are being edited. You could even provide a checkbox beside each row to 'batch save' rows.
You should probably have a separate text box that edits the items rather than typing in the item directly. This will make it easier to understand that you can select two (or more) items at the same time.
If you select one item, its text should be displayed in the separate text box. If you select two (or more) items, the text box could display "" or similar. What you type into the text box when multiple items are selected is what gets into each item.
Have a "Ok" and "Cancel" button so that the user either can proceed with the changes - or, from the users perspective, safely remove any changes by pressing "cancel" (better than to just don't press "Ok").