Cross Reference Table

“Tables are indispensable parts of web designs. They let you visually organise tabular content, distributing it on rows and columns. Although they are quite easy to design and code for large screens, things get more complicated on smaller devices. Whether it’s a subscription plan or a checkout process, you must deal with tables in your projects. And you must deal with responsiveness too. I’ve noticed some websites just cut off some columns to make their tables fits on a phone, but this solution doesn’t work in most cases (at least not if you need 5+ columns). I found this good example of a responsive table which inspired this resource: the list of features gets fixed on a side, allowing the user to horizontally scroll through the columns. Nice!

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Responsive Table

“He has a good point. Data tables can be quite wide, and necessarily so. A single row of data needs to be kept together to make any sense in a table. Tables can flex in width, but they can only get so narrow before they start wrapping cells contents uncomfortably or just plain can’t get any narrower.

Responsive design is all about adjusting designs to accommodate screens of different sizes. So what happens when a screen is narrower than the minimum width of a data table? You can zoom out and see the whole table, but the text size will be too small to read. Or you can zoom in to the point of readability, but browsing the table will require both vertical and (sad face) horizontal scrolling.”

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