RE: Using tables for content

Subject: RE: Using tables for content
From: "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- ga -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Sean <seanb_us -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:24:51 -0700

Makes perfect sense. I say go for it.

You might want to experiment with different ways to accommodate the sub-steps. I can think of several. It's an interesting challenge.

>From a design standpoint, I think you can make this tabular version look superior to the standard vertical ordered-list version. But it remains to be seen whether it will have a usability advantage. You might have to test a sample, see what reactions you get.

I think it's a cool experiment.

Steve

PS - Also suggest experimenting with borders, e.g., only internal borders, or some combination. I've done this with tables in general and you can come up with some pretty pleasing effects -- which I think that one research paper that Lauren sent was saying promotes an enjoyable form of learning.

-----Original Message-----
From: On Behalf Of Sean
Sent: Friday, October 25, 2013 6:05 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Using tables for content

Here is the table-based approach:

One row and three columns per step.
Col 1 = step number
Col 2 = action
Col 3 = result

So,

1.  |   Click File, and then click Open.   |   The file opens.

There is no accounting for substeps in this layout. So,

1.   | Open a file   | A File opens.
      | Click File.
      | Click Open.
      | Select a file.

2.  | Edit the file.   | Some result text here?


As you can see, my example is squirrely, but that's the table-based construction.

Sean



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References:
Using tables for content: From: Sean
RE: Using tables for content: From: Janoff, Steven
Re: Using tables for content: From: Haim Roman
RE: Using tables for content: From: Paul Hanson
RE: Using tables for content: From: Janoff, Steven
Re: Using tables for content: From: Robert Lauriston
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Re: Using tables for content: From: Robert Lauriston
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Re: Using tables for content: From: Lauren
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