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Komodo CMS Tables - Best Practice


The purpose of a table is to communicate information in an easy-to-understand and concise manner – over-engineering tables on your website isn’t ideal – not only is it a time waster but the focus should really be on the information rather than the design of a table. On the flip side, don’t totally neglect the look of your table – adding a border, table background colour, images (if appropriate) etc. can actually add to readability on screen.

Creating tables using the Komodo CMS table functionality is a breeze. Keep the following in mind when working with tables:


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Keep tables succinct – don't add long tables to your web pages, having to scroll through a long table isn’t a great user experience.TIP : if the table is complex and long in length create it in excel (or another application) first, pdf it and attach it to your webpage as a downloadable document.

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When you require a heading over a couple of columns create a new table (one column x one row) to exclusively house the heading – this gives you flexibility to bold and highlight the heading itself. Remember to leave carriage return at 1 so the heading table sits on top of the other nicely with no spacing.

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When editing content of an existing table use the table navigator to quickly move between column rows and cells.

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Remember to add alt. text to images added to cells in your table. For more information on alt text refer to point 5 in our article ‘Six things you must do before you publish’ .

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To minimize the time spent creating new tables - look at existing tables and copy and paste one that closely matches the requirements for your new table. Tweak settings to accommodate the content for your new table - this is a time saver!

TIP: use short cut keys on your keyboard to copy and paste a table a number of times on the page or to different locations.