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Re: Presenting a table without any data


From: Ryan E. Benson
Date: Feb 21, 2017 4:17PM


I agree with you providing a header row could be confusing, though I don't
think many users would jump into the table if they know they need to search
first. Why not met your devs half-way, and throw "no receipts have been
added" into a caption tag, which gets removed or updated as the table

Ryan E. Benson

On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 5:42 PM, Meacham, Steve - FSA, Kansas City, MO <
<EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Imagine you have a dynamic web page that retrieves a list of receipts, but
> none matched the query. Or, imagine one that is a data entry page on the
> top, and at the bottom is table that displays them as they are added, but
> you start out with none.
> I've advised my developers that displaying only the single header row is
> inappropriate; that there are several ways this could be disorienting or
> cryptic, such as a user wondering if it is proper behavior or simply
> something that was done in such a way as to be inaccessible to them. Or,
> wondering what their path forward should be. There are more.
> So, I told them when there are no records to display to add a single row
> that makes that says something like "No receipts have been added" that
> spans an entire table row. It goes away once there are rows of actual data
> to display.
> So my question is: Am I just being overwrought? They're argument is that
> this is unnecessary "dummy text" that will confuse their users.
> My other question is: If I'm not out of line, then how could I justify it
> to them? They've escalated it to senior management who are now second
> guessing my guidance. They want to see something official that says they
> are supposed to do it this way.
> Please help...
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