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I need to display 5 numbers. These numbers are essentials and display a summary of all the dashboard. This web application will be use by professional who already work with this kind of data. Here is how I actually display them :


  • The first four cells are sum of data present in the dashboard
  • Plan = Actuals + Forecast
  • The last cell is the subtraction between Plan and Budget

Do you think a table is a good choice for display these data in a dashboard ?

Do you think the order of the cells in this table is judicious ?

The symbols ∑ and Δ are user-friendly and representative ?

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You could graphically lay out the calculation so that users understand what is going on:


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I don't find the sigma symbol is well understood--you likely have space for a label like "Sum of Actuals" if that's needed.

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Thank for your answer, I take note of that. – Alex Oct 28 '13 at 10:36

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