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What would be a clear presentation of something that the user counts and values at the same cell?

for example, on a users table I want to show how many accounts and its total worth:

| User  | Account totals  |  
|-------|-----------------|  
| Alice | 15,  $ 500      |
| Bob   | 107, $ 305,130  |

I can use (text) alignments and font styles.

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why not separate cells? –  Jon White Nov 27 '11 at 19:07
    
@jon a waste of real estate and focus: headers, grid lines X 3 columns that show this data group –  Asaf Nov 28 '11 at 15:17
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What you want to achieve here is a visual grouping of the two values, account count and total worth, aiding the visual distinction between the two.

This can be done by highlighting the most important of the two, e.g.:

  1. 15, $500
  2. 15 ($500) with "($500)" in a dimmed color

Highlighting, by nature, requires you to be able to identify one value as more important than the other.

Alternatively, you can create the grouping via layout. This can be done - as suggested in your example - by mimicking two columns in the table.

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I've resolved the whitespace layout by replacing the order of the values: "$ 550 (15)". after reading your answer, I understand that I do consider the amount to be more important. Thanks! –  Asaf Nov 27 '11 at 10:58
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@Asaf that was going to be my suggestion - $550 (15) –  Nic Nov 27 '11 at 16:31
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