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!

Now why didn’t I use the HTML table structure, and instead went with unordered lists? It was difficult for me to make this resource responsive using proper table semantics (maybe an idea for a future resource). So I thought more about the UX side, and less about the code behind it. Yep, that’s my excuse.”

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