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Linux Journal: Ooo Off the Wall: Tabling the Notion, Part 1

May 11, 2005, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In modern writing, tables are used to present long lists of highly structured information. Modern readers want information quickly, especially if they are reading technical or business information and even more so if they are reading on-line. Information arranged in a table can be absorbed in a glance.

"Sometimes, bulleted lists are used instead of tables to present information quickly. However, if you have more than about five items, a table generally is more appropriate. A long bullet list encourages people to skip ahead and pay less attention to what's being presented. By contrast, because a long table is more structured, it is less demanding..."

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