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I understand the guidance on positioning text and numeric columns. I also have a column, though, that presents a boolean (Y/N) value. Is it appropriate to align it to the left as text, or right as numeric?

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    I'd rather make it a check mark and align center. – Harshal Apr 20 '17 at 4:53
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It doesn't make sense to be concerned about alignment of Y and N. Better to make the column fit it's content and center the text. Or use a symbol like Harshal said in the comment. See for example:

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The column header should be short to avoid getting to much white space. If this isn't possible the alignment of Y/N should be the same as the header. So it should be either the first or the last column:

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If the text length is variable, see the following example: Which column is easier to scan?

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I don't think that the alignment is the most important element in your column of yes and no. The most important is helping the people to scan easier the column.

  • Y or N are easier to scan than Yes and No.

  • Since there are only 2 options, I would really consider using Y only or N only, as you can see in the image below.

  • Color marking might be a good option
  • As well, a switch could be easeful, especially if your user is able to change the value in column.

Different ways

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    In my experience, some people interpret an empty cell as undefined or as an error. Always set a value to communicate at least something. – jazZRo Apr 20 '17 at 11:33

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