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Why should lines be avoided in tables?

Edward Tufte is the one that coined the term chart junk to refer to extraneous visual elements that tend to clutter, rather than clarify the data being presented. This can refer to all sorts of ...
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Why should lines be avoided in tables?

I think you may reconsider the issue of your question by focusing on the table purpose instead of any general guideline. For instance, if the readers need to compare the content of different rows, it ...
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Why should lines be avoided in tables?

I don't believe you or your coworker are right. The more important issue is readability. Spacing on its own can effectively do this, lines / shading can often help to use less space. Here we have a ...
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Sketch3 | Is it possible to create a text table?

There is no functionality for making tables per se, but with a combination of symbols and a plugin called stack children you might be able to make tables easier. It doesn't automatically generate a ...
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How do you split table cells in Indesign(CC) independent of each row?

Create the table w/ more columns than you need, merge columns to create the desired standard appearance, then when you need further flexibility, unmerge cells and join them as needed. Or, in more ...
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Icon thats visualizes a 'custom' sort order

Here's a few ideas I had... Indicate that items can be dragged with a pointer: Show items of different sizes asequentially ordered: Use random letters instead of A & Z: Use a wavy line:
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Mobile Phone Design - Data Tables

The common way to show data on a phone is reorder all the data from columns to rows. You can find several libraries to do that, just search for "responsive tables". For example "reflow" Table: ...
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How to show a gradient within a style guide?

They did a nice job with this solution I think: https://angel.co/projects/277264-zeguro-style-guide-brand-design It's clean but gets the point across.
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Rounded corners on table cells

Yes, sort of. You can place a textbox inside the table and round that. The technique is a bit tedious but I'm sure somebody has written a script to manage this, if not one could be made. Image 1: ...
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Setting text in a grid, neatly

As I said it hard to do that task using Acrobat Illustrator so I suggest to do it using Indesign. before I begin I have to apologize of making a long solution and for not doing all the step... some ...
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InDesign: how to adjust table spacing

You need to study this part of the ID interface, especially the "Cell Height" (which forces your rows to be taller) and "Top/Bottom Cell Insets" (same result, but by increasing ...
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Icon thats visualizes a 'custom' sort order

Perhaps replace the floppy disk icon with a set of curly braces {} to represent a user-defined script. Or alternatively replace it with a few radio buttons and/or checkboxes in mixed states.
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InDesign — Text Frame position within a table cell

As you mentioned before, I think the simplest solution would be to have the holidays on a separate layer. Trying to add them to your current table, although it is possible, could overcomplicate your ...
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InDesign — leader dots in a table (not TOC!)

Command-Shift T will snap the "Tabs" window above whatever text box is active. Then, for this instance, select the far left option ("Left-Justified Tab") and click where you would like your tab to ...
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Is there a way to style header rows only in InDesign CS6?

There's Window > Styles > Table styles and Window > Styles > Cell styles, which you should pretty much always use when working with tables in Indesign. Both panels were introduced cs3 ...
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How do I color a table to look neutral?

Identify the non-neutral elements of your table and figure out how to fix them. the table has an uneven color distribution, with very bright cells and very dark cells, both of which attract attention,...
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How to import a Microsoft table into InDesign without editing?

Well, you can import external objects into InDesign in a easy way. If I remember correctly, you can do it with the shortcut Ctrl+D (Cmd + D on Mac). When you do that, there is a window with options ...
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Could you please point out design inconsistencies in the picture that I have attatched?

Smrita, I know it can be pretty challenging if you're unsure about the design. I will try to be as clear as possible. You may not be able to implement some of my suggestions because of business policy ...
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Help to obtain a professional table (using Latex)

First of all, check if there are any preferred style guides you should be following. If there are, there should be guidelines for the use of tables and units etc. With regards to the units—I don't ...
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Should tables use colons or not?

In my opinion... remove them all! The use of a table implies some specific usage of headers, columns and rows. Any punctuation like : or . is irrelevant on this context. So play with the spacing, ...
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InDesign: any way to set up document so client can edit content?

No, you cannot lock formatting and keep raw data unlocked in InDesign. Some alternatives: InCopy is able to allow limited access to INDD files, assuming your client is willing to learn another ...
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How to justify table size across pages in Indesign?

There is a field width, if you select the columns. This field is by default an "at least" dimension. Means, that you can scale things manually and InDesign will adapt. If you change that field to "...
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In InDesign, is it possible to make tables flow to new pages as you insert more tables?

Definitely possible, you just need to make sure your entire content runs as linked (threaded) text frames, then each time a new table is needed just insert that into the same multi-page text frame ...
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How to create editable tables in Adobe Illustrator?

Illustrator is just not built for the volume of tables and formatting you need. Better look at InDesign for this: https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/creating-tables.html
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OpenOffice table data merge into Indesign table (single page)

You're not missing anything. Datamerge is not able to make true tables by itself. It is great for making things like contact sheets or business cards or labels etc. things that repeat the same layout ...
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Avoiding Colour Optical Illusions in Tables

Neighbouring fields always influence the perception of colors. Not only the white cells but also the colored cells look differently when isolated. This is unavoidable because of the way the cones in ...
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Rounding numbers automatically in indesign

Probably your best bet for this is to create the table in Excel, where you have good control over decimal places, and then link the table from InDesign to your Excel spreadsheet. There are a few ...
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How do I color a table to look neutral?

My 2 cents. 1) If you are refering to Joonas coment. You need that some cells doesn't stand out more than others, do not randomize the colors. Do it more mechanical. A Checkboard pattern? The same ...
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Sketch3 | Is it possible to create a text table?

Maybe you can try Sketch Data Studio. It's a plugin that makes converting data into data tables quick and easy.
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