I have a cell in a table that is holding some data that can be exceptionally long. I have to crop the data and only display the first ~40 or so characters, and I'd like to add a link or button below to allow the user to open up details of the record that includes the full, uncropped data. What is the best -- i.e. most easily understood / recognized -- way of informing the user that the text is cropped and can be viewed in its entirety? (Bonus points for some actual research.)
- ... (just an ellipsis, but in a larger font so it's easy to see)
- view more...
- view all
- open details
- full data
- ... --> view more (an ellipsis by default and some additional text on mouse-over)
The ellipsis by itself looks the nicest IMO because repetitive text on each row of the table gets too busy-looking, but I'm afraid it may not be understood by the typical user.