# What is a good way to display a ranked list in a table cell?

I have a set of metrics to fill each row of a table. And each metric has some factors, usually, there are about 10-20 factors for one metric and they are ranked by their importance as well. Now I would like to display these ranked factors in a table cell. I am quite confused as to a good way to display them, by indicating their ranks? Just a plain text? A list in a cell with the ability of accordion? or ...

For example:

# Metric C | f2,f4,f6....

• Are the rankings always in series, like 1, 2, 3, ...? And why do the factors have to be in a table cell?
– JOG
Commented Apr 8, 2013 at 21:15
• @JOG, this is the requirement from the spec. Besides, the rankings can be any kind, according to their metric. Commented Apr 8, 2013 at 21:50
• I am not sure I understand the 'importance' rank of the metrics. Is this a quantifiable value that can be sorted? Is there more than one way to sort them? Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 0:28
• @MichaelLai, the factor can be a string with some value, which is computed by some algorithm. Then the factors of one metric can be sorted(descending) by their values. Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 0:30
• Perhaps the question needs a little more details and an example for you to get the answers you look for.
– JOG
Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 7:57

If you do need to keep the factors in a cell, and the ranking is in series, like 1, 2, 3, and so on; then just ordering them is probably one of the best ways to compress information like that. You could additionally put a text somewhere (table header perhaps) "Most important first", if needed.

If the ranking of the factors are of greater importance you might want to provide a way to Open or Zoom in on them. For example, clicking the cell might take you to a new page, or open a window, depending on your platform.

If you do provide a more spacious area for the factors to be displayed, you should use the height by giving each factor a row, and sort the rows.

Depends on what you are really trying to show, but I assume that you want to highlight how different metrics put emphasis on different factors, so here's one particular approach. Of course, it is probably not suitable if you have a lot of different factors, but if you can provide more details then I am sure the community will be able to give you some ideas.

• Thanks for your reply. Actually, I am wanting to find a way to display the ranked factors for each metric properly. So we can ignore the ranking relations for different metrics. Currently, I am just using a plain text to display them in a cell, such as Factor 1, Factor 2, Factor3.... Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 4:13