I'm in a new job. The company has a pattern for grids, where choices are not made in a column header. But in each cell individually. I have never seen this before.

So I have a grid now, where one column is a dropdown. But every cell has its own dropdown.

Then another column is a date picker. But every cell has its own date picker. And dates are different.

Then there's a fields that free text input. Again, each cell has its own text.

Then $$$ amounts. Same story.

Has anyone ever seen this before?

Further, I am not sure why a grid is used. Except if they want to see these values, right next to each other.

I can't help but think that there must be a better way to organize this info. Better suited than a grid.

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    so there's no column headers to define attributes? Do you have a rough sketch that you can show w/o compromising any company internal data? What are the users trying to solve for or display in this pattern?
    – Mike M
    Apr 21, 2022 at 2:04
  • You're basically describing a spreadsheet (Excel). It's a very common pattern, probably the standard for structured bulk data entry. I will assume that the reason they use a grid for this is that the rows and columns are meaningful, so it's the same type of data for a number of different entities - which does suggest a table structure. Apr 21, 2022 at 5:50
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    Does this answer your question? Need alternative to dropdown in each cell
    – Danielillo
    Apr 21, 2022 at 7:02
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    @Danielillo Thanks for sharing that discussion. That's helpful.
    – Rosebud
    Apr 21, 2022 at 13:21


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