Column Heading Alignment Rules for Placement ofData
22 Aug 2007 - 2:29pm
5 years ago
I completely agree with the rules that Morten stated. On that note
however, I have a side question...
On columns that can be sorted:
1. Do you show an indicator as soon as the user gets to the page to
communicate which column is sorted?(even though in our case, it always
happens to be the first column) OR do you only show the indicator once
they've clicked a column header.
2. What direction should the arrow point if a column lists
alphabetically (A being at the top through Z being at the bottom)? I'm
thrown off specifically by this since Microsoft products (which
unfortunately are always referenced as standard since they're so
prevalent) does the arrow pointing upwards while Mozilla Thunderbird as
an example does it facing down. When I've asked around, I get response
such as "I just click it until I get the result I want", "The 'default
view' should have the arrow pointing down."
Curious your thoughts.
Thanks so much in advance,
senior user experience designer
SRA // RABA Center
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All text left aligned
All numbers right aligned
Single characters are centered
Numbers that are not values, like product codes for example, are
like text and left aligned.
Use the same number of decimal places for all numbers in a column
Left align dates.
Use 2 digits and leading zero for day numbers. (This may be cultural?)
the same format for dates throughout
That may be it. Can't think of any more... Yes - put the date format
the column header if poss. (mm.dd.yy for example)