I have a table of two columns. One is list of expenses (or revenue). The other is dollar figures.

Should the dollar sign ($) appear with every figure? Or should I put it only with the figure on the first line and again with the sum (as I believe I was taught years ago in school)?

See the sample I posted (as a response to another question) before I was advised to start a new thread: How to format tables with monetary data?


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Including the dollar would have the following advantages:

  • Data is very often copied from one application to another, including the dollar in the cell would be very helpful when copying to an email or excel
  • It might help with accessibility, as screen readers could correctly announce the dollar amounts
  • In large tables it helps provide context, for example if there are two amounts next to each other. It can avoid to look up to the header column.

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