1 Dec 2010 - 12:52pm
3 years ago
6 replies

Data Grid Heuristics Help - Actions in Grid or on Top?

In trying to establish consistency of interaction across multiple tabs on a large web application, I'm faced with creating heuristics about where to place actions for particular records. Certain grids have a large number of records where actions on multiple records at one time is probable; using a checkbox on the left with a multiple action button on the top makes sense.

28 Mar 2010 - 9:10am
4 years ago
16 replies

Best periodic table

I'm in search of a good printable (non-interactive) periodic table. I would love to find one that is both informative and nicely presented at the same time. Any suggestions?

29 Feb 2008 - 9:49am
Shelley Price

Comparison Tables/Compare Items Examples


I'm looking for some best practices or web examples for
comparison tables, much like a product comparisons. There
will be about 30 rows of data for comparison and the user
will decide how many things to compare. The best example of
the kind of table I'm looking for is at Wiki Matrix:

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks


27 Feb 2008 - 11:27am
6 years ago
2 replies
Anna Ma

row selection and interaction in a table or list

Has anyone read or discussed about design patterns for selecting and/or
interact a record row in a table or list? I'm working on a project that
a user needs to interact with single record (edit/view and delete) in a
table most of the time. However once we get into the discussion of
interaction consistency, it gets more complicated. I would like to know
if anyone has done any research in this area.

We can generally categorize the interaction into 3 types:

Case 1: A user needs to manipulate each record/row one at a time. The
action is limited to one thing (two at most) only.

26 Nov 2007 - 8:04pm
6 years ago
1 reply
frank dahle

large tables and lists with lots of columns - where are the best practices?

Hello, I’m looking for some good practice on designing tables and lists for a corporate web site.
The challenge is how to simplify very long tables of articles (technical parts) with lots of parameters (columns).
I do have the Edward Tufte books and know that part of the story. But at this moment I’d rather study some real life examples available on the net. Anyone? Thanks!

Frank Dahle
Concept developer

8 Jun 2007 - 4:44pm

content alignment in tables

I was wondering if anyone has seen an on or offline resource that presents
guidelines for vertical alignments of different content that people put in
tables (i.e. dates, currency, text, etc...). We are putting together a set
of standards for a client and didn't want to rediscover the wheel if it
already exists.


Julie Stanford
Principal, Sliced Bread Design
650-969-0400 / 800-969-0434 x706

21 Sep 2005 - 11:29am
8 years ago
4 replies
Ola Thörn

reading/scanning - tables the facts

Many kinds of information is best presented in tables.
For example information that we want to compare on
different attibutes e.g. financial information.

But also information about e.g. songs in an mp3player
is good to present in a table allowing sorting on
different attributes.

My question is - what is the ultimate design (shading,
horisontal, vertical lines, no lines)of a table from a
reading point of view.

I remember that Tufte suggested that vertical lines
between columns was inappropirate - since "lines" was
formed by the info in the columns (like below).

19 Apr 2005 - 3:11pm
9 years ago
2 replies

chart/table design reference

Hi all -

Aside from Tufte, does anyone have any resources on chart/table design
that they wouldn't mind sharing? Looking for specific graphic design
guidelines more than guiding principles.

there is a book called the "information design desk reference" that
looks like it might be useful, but I cannot tell much about it from
poking around on the internet. "information visualization: perception
for design" also looks interesting.

Thanks -


1 Mar 2005 - 6:15pm
leo.frishberg a...

Selecting elements in a table...

Here's an IxD problem I've grappled with for years and haven't had a
satisfactory resolution. I expect that many of us have opinions, perhaps
some have references, and maybe even some studies.

In many use cases / design patterns, the proverbial "table" (matrix, grid)
is an excellent widget to both display the results of data and provide an
input mechanism.

25 Feb 2004 - 6:18pm
10 years ago
10 replies

Re-ordering rows in a table.

Context: let's say that a webpage has a set of panels
for individual news

Problem: How to allow the user to edit the sequential
order the panels? Assume that the user successfully
navigates to the edit page.

There are 2 ways that I have seen of doing this:

(a) Provide a selection list with up and down arrows.
- and my.msn does this.

(b) Provide a text box next to each row, with an order
number: 10, 20, 30. To move row 30 between 10 and 20,
the user would have to change the number to 15.

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