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A table displays collections of raw data grouped into rows and columns with supporting headers.



Short description

Good data tables allow users to scan, analyze, compare, filter, sort, and manipulate information to match their needs.

When and how to use it

Use tables to structure information and provide an overview, allowing the user to spot patterns and possible issues without being overrun with all the details.


Table header
  • The header row holds the labels for each column. The label should align (left or right) with the data in its column.
  • Sorting arrows are placed after the label.
  • If checkboxes are used, the “select all” checkbox is placed in the header.
Align text and numbers to the left
  • Text. (Name, product, description etc.)
  • Non-numeric numbers. (Date, account number, phone number, ID number etc.)
Align text and numbers to the right
  • Numeric data. The user should easily be able to compare when scanning down columns. Use the same number of decimal places. (Values in SEK or % etc.)
  • Last column. For a nice clean ending of the table. Could be a text or a button.


Column order

Left-hand side
  • Checkbox
  • Expanding chevron (down-arrow)
  • If both checkbox and expanding chevron, then the chevron is to the left.
Right-hand side
  • Buttons
  • Chevron link to another page or modal (right-arrow)
  • If both button and chevron link, then the chevron is to the right.
  • When there are links to another page, modal or to expand the row, then the whole row is clickable. A hover effect on the row makes this more obvious for the user.
  • Exceptions: If you need multiple links/clickable areas in one row, then separate and use regular links.
Table footer (summary)
  • When used it’s located at the bottom of the table. Use a label (e.g. Total) on the left-hand side.


Responsive tables 

Depending on the size of the tables, the amount of data in it, and what you can do with it. Primarily we see the following three ways to do responsive tables:

1. Prioritised columns

This is the way that makes most sense. Make careful choices as to what columns should be presented or hidden in smaller viewports. Usually it is possible to hide more than you think! When you hide columns, make sure users can still access that information, but in a different view (the detail view).

2. Scrolling table

The table size is fixed and our user can scroll in horizontally to view all columns. This is considered a fallback approach when no other option is doable.

3. Cell table

All, or prioritized columns, are grouped into one cell that may be spread on multiple lines to summarize the columns of the table. Make sure this table is still readable in good accessible way for all users (including screen readers). Make sure this table is still readable in good accessible way for all users (including screen readers).

Cell table

Cell table

Do's and don'ts

  • Try to keep the column names short, preferably to one word. Use tooltip if needed to further explain.
  • It is OK to let content inside a table cell wrap into 2 or more rows.
  • When form fieds are needed, use the smaller input fields and buttons within in a table or a list.
  • Try to simplify and minimise the data added - less is more!
  • Nesting tables can be difficult. Group content as list items instead within a expanded row.
  • Having all rows expanded at first does not achieve a better overview. Urge a user to explore interesting content in a specific row or slideout modal.



Column labels

Use short column labels, preferably one word, but no more than three if there is enough space. Use tooltips if you need further explanations.

Upper and lower case

Don’t start each word in headings and labels with upper case. Only use upper case in:

  • The first letter of the first word
  • The first letter of proper names
  • Abbreviations

Use soft hyphens in case of insufficient space

In need of hyphenation, use soft hyphens (­), so that the word is hyphened only if needed.

Empty values

Show the character en dash (–) – instead of empty values.

Aligning numbers

While plain text normally should be left-aligned, values that are numbers should be right-aligned.

Error messages or other messages in tables

In some cases error handling might be needed in tables. Remember to be concise as space is usually extra limited. If the message is short it can be shown in one of the table columns, longer messages are shown in a separate row below the data it concerns. Messages may contain a link to the help page or another page. Messages below should be limited to two rows, including the link.


When a mutual fund has been removed from our range, but the customer still hasn’t changed her or his default fund distribution. When the customer wants to buy funds in accordance with the default fund distribution or change the distribution, an error message is shown in under the old fund.

It is no longer possible to trade in the fund. Change the fund distribution




Result from the latest accessibility review of the component (Chlorophyll): 2023-06-13

  • Contrast: good
  • Colour-blindness: good
  • Code + aria: ok
  • Touch + keyboard: ok
  • Dark-mode: n/a
  • Focus: ok - uneven
  • Reader: ok




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