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Background

I have a multiple-value entity reference field with target type = media. It is used for "document" media, so mostly pdf files.

I am using the "Media library" widget shipped with core. With this widget, items appear in a grid with thumbnail, and can be reordered with drag + drop.

Problems

Most of the pdf files don't have a useful thumbnail, so they all look the same.

Due to the grid display, the title of each document is not fully visible.

The grid drag + drop reorder is less intuitive than a tabledrag, especially if the thumbnails all look the same, and sometimes even the visible part of the title is the same.

Once a media entity is added to the list, there is no link to edit this media entity from the node / host entity form.

Questions

Is there a table version of the media library widget?

Is there a way to show an edit link with each item? Either to edit the media in a form on a new page, or in a popup.

What I tried

Widget settings?
-> The widget does not have any settings.

Configure the display of documents in "Core | Media library" view mode?
-> Items still displayed in a grid.
-> The only field that looks well in a grid mode is the thumbnail. Text fields look weird.

References

Poor soul who asked the same in drupal.org, with no success: https://www.drupal.org/forum/support/module-development-and-code-questions/2020-06-29/how-set-media-library-widget-to

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  • I added Media Entity Browser for this reason. It will bring back the edit dialog when double clicking a media item. – Kevin Feb 21 at 23:47
  • I ended up making a subclass of core MediaLibraryWidget. It was enough to override formElement() and preRenderWidget() to do some custom modifications. I replaced the 'selection' with a '#theme' => 'table' with tabledrag, similar to template_preprocess_field_multiple_value_form(). I might publish this, and then post an answer. – donquixote Feb 22 at 22:05
  • I also tried "Entity Browser", but it seemed I need too many modules to achieve the desired result. – donquixote Feb 22 at 22:05
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In response to your second question, there is a core issue open regarding editing media items within the field widget: https://www.drupal.org/project/drupal/issues/2985168

There is also a contrib module Media Library Edit.

One problem is that you will edit the media entity itself, affecting all usages of the media item.

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  • It should not be an issue though because someone should understand that media items are references. – Kevin Feb 21 at 23:47
  • @Kevin Site builders would know this but it can be confusing for end users who just want to manage the content on their website. – imclean Feb 22 at 3:59
  • I tried the media library edit, but it looks a bit awkward without a table display :) – donquixote Feb 22 at 22:00

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