Tables are a means of organizing content into rows and columns, often – but not always – in a grid-based layout where columns and rows have distinct relationships.

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How to accept multiple types of input to a table cell?

I have a problem with a column in a table in which the cells may receive data in multiple ways: You may write a number, say 1.0. If you write you can only write numbers. Place an object in the cell, ...
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How to make it obvious the contents of one table are based on the selected row of another?

Given a dialog with two grid-style tables, what's the best approach to visually showing that the selected row of the left table is what populates the right table? The best I can think of is an arrow ...
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Option for switching between a table or a list view necessary?

I have noticed that a lot of web sites that contains product category pages give the user an option to toggle between a list view and a table view of their products. Usually the only difference ...
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Is moving columns in a tree table automatically bad for UX?

I have a tree table that allows the user to group columns arbitrarily. Is it bad UX for me to move the grouped by columns to the front of the table right next to the tree controls? Would it be more ...
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Min. opt. and max. value of a small field

I've a three digit input field which has a predefined upper and a lower bound, all within a table. The field also has an optimal (requested) value. So there is a min. an opt. and a max. What is a ...
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How should times be aligned in a column

I have a data grid of three columns of type [Time, Decimal, Decimal]. All records in the decimal columns have the same number of decimal places. I have right aligned these as they're numeric. But I ...
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When is a table the proper way to present data?

UPDATE: added mockups We are in the process of designing a web application interface for administering an online store. In such an interface there are pages for managing products, orders, customers, ...
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Research behind row height within a table?

There appears to be a trend in web-based table design to use a lot more space for each row in the table. In particular the new gmail default of "comfortable." I'm also seeing it in the height of the ...
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Best way to do 'bulk edits' on a table

I am building a web application for managing a list of products (using jqgrid). I need my users to be able to perform several 'bulk actions' on whichever products they select. I have copied Gmail (...
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Displaying table contents on small devices [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Table data in Mobile phones This so far is the only solution I found on how to design responsive table content so that it gives you a meaningful overview of the data on ...
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Interface design for managing overlapping date periods

I am trying to design an interface to manage which team a person belongs to at any point. I would like it to be really easy to make small changes (e.g. fix a start date for a previous team assignment,...
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What is the best way to hint that a table cell is editable?

I have a table with data, with several columns. This is a table used mostly for reading, with the possibility for a user to occasionally adjust some values. Most columns are informative only, and some ...
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Best way to show and sort by dates when the item may be repeating/recurring?

Currently this website has a list of FooBars, which may be sorted by date: I am adding functionality to allow a FooBar to be repeated, or a recurring FooBar e.g. Weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays ...
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Interactive table - with many levels of information

I have a table that users need to interact with (insideweb application), at the most basic level they need to place a checkmark which shows that an item is available on a product. If it were so simple ...
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Best way to display more table columns than I have room for? [duplicate]

The web development office I work for is working on a fixed-width web site. On one page, we have a table inside of the fixed 960px space available. So far, this table has worked out great for us, but ...
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Table data in Mobile phones

I want to display a table with 4/5 columns and possibly 100 rows (as in desktop app right now) in smartphones. The table cells are also editable. Now we want to port this desktop app to smartphones (...
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Diagonal Scrolling rationale [closed]

I m trying to find rationale for implementation of horizontal scrolling on a mobile web browser for a table. The following are the one's I could think of, if you have any other rationale in mind or ...
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What is the most intuitive way to force users to enter certain cells first in the new row of a data grid?

It was suggested that I post to this site the first half of a question I posted on StackOverflow. Paraphrased… I have a data grid (in my situation, Microsoft's .NET platform using WPF) wherein I ...
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Data table multi value column

I have a table containing incoming invoices. I have to show additional information about the sender of the invoice. So I figured out that I can nest Sender name and his Tax ID in one row with quite ...
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empty cells in accessible html tables

For an html data table in which each row represents an item (such as an email) would screen-reader users prefer empty table cells to be empty or to have a placeholder like a dash? In my brief ...
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How should large table columns be handled on a responsive design?

Related to This Question, I'm interested in what I should do with a responsive design theme where the users have control over the columns which are displayed in a tabular, data rich page. Users are ...
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Appropriate icon for: Activate [closed]

In an application were developing there is a window containing a table holding 2-5 rows. A metaphor for the context could be that the table identifies a gearbox of a car and each row is a gear in the ...
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What's a good pattern for edit in place with hyperlinks?

I have a datagrid with many columns that I want to be able to edit in place. Some of the values in the table are hyperlinks. I want to be able to follow the hyperlinks and also edit them. The row ...
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Identifying multiple sort criteria

I have a table view with some data and I'm allowing users to sort on multiple columns. I wonder what are the options for indicating sorting precedence? The obvious is to display a number right ...
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Clearly show count and amount in the same table cell

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 | ...
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Alternative to a popup table

I need some advice please. I currently have a screen and the plan is to completely redesign it. But first, to tell what is does. It is a screen for managing orders, much lick a standard order form, ...
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Specifying default sort

I want to add the ability to specify a default sort to this interface. Currently it allows users to specify the order of the columns display and the default size. I am revamping it into a table form ...
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How to provide keyboard navigation in editable table that includes drop downs?

I'm designing a business application. When the user enters the main data entity in the application part of the form is tabular. Since some of the users will have an intensive usage of this ...
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How do I make a table row on a web page look clickable?

I have a simple web-based report presented as a table: Some rows are clickable, others are not (it can be seen with the third column. Greater than 0 means the row can be clicked and expanded in a ...
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Better ways to display/interact with tabular data

Let's say for an example you display a list of category records or any type of records for that matter in a web page. Is there better ways of showing that list of records other than in a table? Or are ...
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Displaying a large data set in a table cell

What is the best way to display a large data set, e.g. 50 words, in a table cell? I am thinking maybe a linkable piece of text such that when clicked, displays a popup box with the full text. ...
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Column header alignment

What is the best practice to have a column header alignment, should it be left or center aligned? On click of the column header the columns can be also sorted. Numeric values will be right aligned by ...
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HTML table cell wrapping issue

One of the problems in a tabular representation of data, is text wrapping inside cells. There are some options available, like: Fixing the width of the columns, and enlarging the rows height to ...
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Ideas on displaying and editing 'Hours of Operation' for a service provider

OK--you've got a translator in Bolivia, and you need to know when she can provide her transportation services. And you need to store this in a system, for others to see and possibly edit. My ...
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What's an alternative to data tables for key/value pairs?

I have a list of 8 key/value pairs I'm displaying in a sidebar using a table element. I'm using a th and td element on each row. However, the td content is often too long and has to be truncated. I ...
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iPhone button on screen with table view: last row or outside table?

I have a table view that's showing attributes of a record, very much like Edit Info screen in the iOS Contacts app. Also like that screen, I'd like to show a "Delete Record" button at the bottom. It ...
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What is a good field separator that can coexist with colons?

I am currently migrating a bunch of data from several Excel files of similar formats into a more structured format. Imagine Tabular data like this in File 1: Customer | Cabinet : Device : Port | ...
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Examples of nice looking html tables [closed]

All tables on my app look like sh*t, it's making me lose hair, I've been trying to make them look better but I end up making them look worse, do you have any examples of nice looking tables? ...
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Quickly change row status

I have a table of items that each have a particular status color icon. The users will need a quick method to change this status. I imagine click on the status icon an picking the new status. However, ...
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Should I save changes to visible columns automatically, or require a 'save' option?

I have a page in a web app that displays a large amount of tabular data regarding certain resources. With this release, in addition to standard columns, there can be an arbitrary number of user-...
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Summary Rows and Paged Data Tables

In terms of best practices and UI patterns: if there is a summary row (sums, avg, etc) at the bottom of a data table that has paging should the row be a grand summary of the full result set or a ...
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How to correctly encode a leaderboard with a gap in HTML

I want to display a leaderboard like so: 1 - John 232342 2 - Mary 45234 3 - Luke 234 59 - You 45 It's an ordered list but I can't make an ordered list that jumps from 3 to an arbitrary ...
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Setting a giant grid of numbers on a mobile touchscreen device?

I'm trying to figure out a good way to present 96 configurable percentage values to mobile users. These percentages represent percents of a max lift (weightlifting), and they can be broken down by ...
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Web Usability: pagination and column sort

I have a table of books with this data: name, description, cost, year. I show 15 rows and pagination using AJAX. Each header of each column is clickable and let the user sort the data. The problem ...
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How best to order columns in a table?

What are the best practices for ordering columns in a table? I'm currently putting together a table with about twelve columns which are going to contain a range of data from dates, times, short ...
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Are there standard patterns for vertical radio-button like choices in tables?

In my application, I have a table of entities - in this case, the individual offices of a member organization. One entity - one office - has to be marked as the 'main' office, or headquarters. It ...
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How to present heavy data tables on smartphones?

Problem: I've got a table with 10 columns and ~100 rows. What is the best way to present these on small screens? My idea: effective search + data displayed row-by-row. Is there any better solution?
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A way to denote possibility of multiple selection in table view

I'm creating an OS X app and during it's setup (the very first launch) I need user to select a few entries from a list (a one-columned table). Usually on OS X user is able to select a single line from ...
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Duplicate information vs. proximity in mobile apps

In the mobile app we are currently working on, we have a table view that shows certain information. When you press any of the cells, another view shows expanding the info. The regular behavior pretty ...
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How to sort on a single column; OR multiple columns at once (phase 2) [closed]

EDIT: I'm working on this page now and for the next couple of hours, so please don't bother looking at it. I had many outstanding suggesting when I first asked this question five weeks ago. The ...