I'm working in an enterprise application with a large table of data
that currently forces a horizontal scroll. This table displays data
contained in a work order. This is the legacy of a previously built
We know we need to eliminate the horizontal scroll, but the business
customers still want to use the table model to maintain some
consistency with the old application.
We're going to try four tactics to try and narrow the footprint to
the 1280 pixel width (minus the scroll bar, etc) we've established
for the application:
Compression: Reducing the size of data display space to the minimum
Abbreviation: Abbreviating data where required and using
Stacking: Stacking data display space so that the line is no longer a
single row across.
Hide / reveal: Using hide reveal techniques like twisties and tooltip
popups (on hover).
Am I missing any tactics here? Does any one have any interesting
(And, in embarrassment, is there a glossary of controls posted
somewhere on the Intertubes? I feel like my descriptions of UI
controls are sloppy ...)