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Mechanism for organizing and traversing wide tables Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243896D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 259K

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Describes a method for navigating data in tables through the clustering of related columns.

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Mechanism for organizing and traversing wide tables

Tables are a practical tool for displaying data, but they can quickly become highly complex and overwhelming. Trying to sift through an abundance of data to find something specific can be extremely difficult and time consuming. Large tables will also often require the use of horizontal and vertical scroll bars, making it hard to examine a chosen set of data.

A mechanism is needed to improve the visibility of relevant data through simplified user interaction of complex tables.

Columns within a table are often related and can be clustered together. However, even with simple clustering, there are cases where tables become very wide due to the quantity of columns that excessive horizontal scrolling is necessary to examine data points.

Visibility and user interaction of tables would be substantially improved by grouping related columns into "sections" and applying interactive behaviours.

The mechanism treats each section as an "accordion" that can collapse or expand. Unlike the methods available, collapsed sections always remain in view regardless of the scrollbars position. This improves the access to table data. Collapsed sections also become interactive, allowing sections to be "hidden" and behave as an anchor tag. These interactions assist in reducing the abundance of data and focus only on finding relevant information.

The mechanism is important analytic work often involves examining very large tables with column groupings which may or may not be relevant to the analysis.

The example images are one interpretation of the mechanism.

1 - Sections are only expanded when the table's horizon...