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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Better way to build a list

I've got an app in production where the user builds a list of beer prices to later on make into a PDF of shelf tags (it's for the beverage industry). The user picks a brand, then a package, types in a ...
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Show camera feature on iPhone when there is no camera?

In my iPhone app I have a root view with some options, one being a "Camera" option where you can take a photo to send to us. My question is should I either A: Show it "grayed out" or B: Not show it ...
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Should a user be allowed to hide all rowheadings in a crosstab?

Currently I'm developing a webpage on which the users to can hide/ show the row headings in a crosstab user control. Right now, showing/ hiding the columns is done using a checkbox for each row ...
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Best practice for inactive actions in a table [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to prevent a forbidden action or display an error/explanation message? I have had some discussions with my boss about this below issue, please give me some ...
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Can you point to any good examples of large table presentation online [closed]

I mean big tables, and not just rows. Full blown cross tabulated tables (think about 20 rows and 30 columns, the sort of thing you generally do not see on websites, because they are difficult to ...
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Best empty string

What is best way to represent empty value inside table of rows with some optional columns? '', empty, N/A, -, -------- (number of allowed chars), any other advice?
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Should users be able to enter data directly into a pivot table

... or should I offer them a separate formular/window where the user can fill the data to the related person? Its about entering marks/grades of pupils for a certain subject. So sliding to the wrong ...
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Reporting web app - how to design large data tables?

I'm working on a legacy webapp that's mainly focused on reporting large amounts of data - ie tables with 20+ columns reporting financial data. The main problem is table layout inconsistency depending ...
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List overview of multilanguage data

I have a dataset with the following record definition, each of the translation property-sets are optional but at least one should be entered. Product id price translations english name ...
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When should stepping through a list wrap around?

Given a list of items (messages in an email reader, tracks in a music library, options in a menu) that can be stepped through with arrow keys, when is it appropriate for scrolling to wrap around when ...
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How Best to Add Lots of Tabular Items To a Form Before Submissions

I need to create a form for which salesmen (or women) register what products they sold and on what day they sold them. They can enter multiple products per claim form. The idea for how they add items ...
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Filtering through a large table of data, thoughts?

Example: I have a large amount of data, such as a library of blog posts, or a massive amount of contacts, I am thinking that a data table visually would be the best way to display all this data, it is ...