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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To use or not to use “Zebra Stripes”, or Alternating Row Colors for Tables

Is there any research out there showing whether or not alternating the row colors for a table increases/impedes the time it takes to parse information? An example can be found at the following ...
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Is there a better way than zebra stripes

Currently we are working on a project that includes many datatables. Before deciding to use zebra stripes to make datatables easier to manage, I wanted to ask if you could advise a better solution ...
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Responsive Design - How to deal with wide HTML Tables

I am doing a proof of concept with responsive design. One web page that I am modifying has some extremely wide tables. I really don't know how to shrink the tables width so there is no horizontal ...
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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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Is there a more legible way to present tabular data?

I have some tabular data I'm displaying to users. It's not a lot of data, but I'm wondering if there is a more legible way to display it? Right now the data looks like this: Is there a better way ...
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How to show the user the possibility to sort a column with space problems

I am working with a big table with 20 columns and a lot of information. I know that the most common way to indicate that a column is sortable is by adding a little arrow at the right or left of the ...
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Making space for the “drop cue” in a drag-n-drop design

I'm developing a drag-and-drop reordering interface for books on shelves. (You can try it live if you're on the latest WebKit.) When you drag a book over a shelf, it accommodates space for it by ...
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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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How to avoid repetitive actions in table rows?

We have a table with data and actions on each row like so: Name Email Description Actions James james@gmail.com Desc 1 Edit Export ...
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How would you solve the column of check boxes problem?

So my question is a bit open ended. Basically, I am looking for possible solutions to the problem of lots of tabular data with check boxes. For example, if we look at Facebook's Account Notifications ...
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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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Method of showing that a row has been edited and will be changed upon “Save”

What paradigms exist for denoting that a row of data has been modified and that a Save action on the view will change them in the data store? Which paradigms are recommended? A few that we've ...
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Best way to show many user actions for table rows?

I currently have a table which shows a row for each created form a user has. For some users this will only be 1 or 2 items. For others, they'll have 40-50. For every form there are many actions ...
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What is the best practice for data table cell content alignment

We are currently working on a windows based application where users capture data. Some data is captured in a table where other data is captured in text blocks. Im currently faced with the dilemma of ...
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When to save data?

When should I save data in an business application? We have a lot of applications and currently they have not all the same behavior. I am not very experienced with UX and would like to know when I ...
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Table usability/Readable font for a data table

What's the best font for a data table? Monospace is good but takes up more room, so you can't have as much whitespace between the items. Similarly, what are some good usability principles for data ...
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What should happen when I add a Row to a paginated, sorted list

A user wants to add an item on a sorted and paginated List. If we keep the list sorted, the item might be on another page than we're viewing and if we just add it to the top of the list it will break ...
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Best UI approach to align the column titles of reports

I would like to know what the best approach is to align header columns according to their data type. I haven't found any Human Design Interface articles explaining this. Should the header column ...
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Zebra striping in dynamic table

Here's a hypothetical question partially inspired by a real scenario. Assume that you have a table with many rows of data. This table isn't static; rows can be dynamically altered, added and removed ...
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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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Is it better to represent simple labeled information as table or just text with subheadings?

I'm redesigning a website that has some simple information presented as a table like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I read yet the again the Label ...
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What is the best way to indicate read-only cells within a table?

I have many tables, actually data grids, where most of the cells will be editable, but some may not depending on the users permissions. I am thinking of using light gray backgrounds on the read-only ...
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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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What is the best way to display edit/delete actions on a row?

I am building a web application that deals with a lot of tables/lists of records. I am currently building an "AJAX edit-in-place" feature, so that you can edit a record while being on the same page. ...
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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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Zebra striping for body text?

The general consensus is that zebra striping a table makes it a little easier for people to keep track of which row they're on...but is this reduction of cognitive taxes only for table rows? I at ...
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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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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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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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tables with lots of columns

I have a table that lists various attributes of an individuals personal development plan; objective, time to complete objective, comments etc. The table is editable so the user can directly add ...
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How to load data into a table based on the selection in a tree?

We are developing a web application that has a screen with two parts. On the left side we have a tree where the user can check or uncheck specific items, even leaves or nodes in the tree. If we select ...
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Table Checkbox side best practices

When is it a best practice to allow for checkboxes to appear on the left/right and side of a table? A wireframe came across my desk looking similar to the wireframe below. The justification the team ...
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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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How can I make the relationship between rows in two tables more obvious to the user?

I have a web page that at first showed a top level goal with a bunch of risks. here is an example mockup: I now realized that since I have a series of events, it would be good to break down and ...
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Indicating sort direction without increasing horizontal space

I have a table that is very tight horizontally. Each column in the table is sortable by clicking the title of the header. As you can see, on most columns there is just not enough room for the ...
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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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How to organize multiple information popup areas over a table?

How might you best organize multiple popups over a table when both the table content and the popup content are equally important. Scenario: Tabulated data, for which the user may be interested in ...
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exclusive select in a table: radio button, rowclick, text only, text and icon, or icon?

If you have a table where each row can be selected, and you are only allowed to select one row at a time, and selecting a row causes a drill-down table to appear to the side, how would you render ...
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Best way to represent null and empty data in an excel file

We have an application that allows users to design their own forms and export the data to excel. One problem is the representation of null or empty data. There are two scenarios that we need to ...
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Too many checkboxes in a table?

A user should be able to change the settings for 5 different options for each day of the week at the same time. I was thinking of something like this, but it seems a bit messy... Too many things ...
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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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Keyboard shortcut to sort columns in a table?

Clicking on column headers in a table to set the sort order (or toggle ascending/descending if already sorting by this column) is a standard UI technique. However, it is mouse-only. Is there a ...
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Showing extra information for a table row when that row's selected

In the app I'm developing, we have a table/list that makes use of a kind of master/details approach; when you select a row in the main table, a second table below it is populated with 'child' items. ...
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Extra wide tables best practices

I have a table with large (25+) amount of columns in it. Right now it looks very complex and has a horizontal scroll. I want to make it more useful for the users. One solution is to group columns ...
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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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What do UX guidelines say about dropdown boxes in table cells?

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I have been trying to look at Apple Interface Guidelines and Windows UX guidelines about what standard behavior for drop ...
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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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Alternative to color code in table cell

I am currently redesigning an LOB application that makes use of color coding in tables to 'categorize' each row of data. For instance, in the picture above, the 'St' column (which stands for ...
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Best way to show long list of detailed information for summarized items in a table?

I'm working on an application page for an insurance company regarding purchasing policies and showing all the detailed information that comes with the policy. The problem I'm facing is knowing how ...
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How can I avoid placing a legend on top of the table to tell the user what each icon means?

You can see an example here: As you can see, I am stuck with having to tell the user what each icon means. I also mention what a functionality does, such as "Click on a feature to filter out ...