Which table design is right for my catalog? [-]

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A key decision in the design of a catalog is to choose the best table design depending on your available catalog data and table requirements. Most of the time it is a fairly simple choice, however there are a number of considerations if you have many product attributes to communicate.

EasyCatalog is designed to quickly and efficiently create table content. Typically, a table is placed with an EasyCatalog library to show product attributes for all products within a particular group or range.

Table design selection guide

There are five separate table types, with some cross over between them.

Table type Example Display characteristics Product data Learn more
  • 5-10 common attributes
  • Common attributes may be merged
  • Named product attribute columns (e.g. product code, name, height, width, length, price)
Creating simple tables with EasyCatalog
?? more complex / intermediate
  • 5-10 attributes, possibly different for each table
  • Columns will be hidden/resized to best fit (setting exact column widths is not possible)
  • Common attributes may be merged
  • Named product attribute columns (e.g. product code, name, height, width, length, price)
  • Columns must be in same order in each table
  • Columns to be left blank for attributes not being displayed in specific table
  • Products included in a catalog multiple times must display same attributes each time
Creating flexible tables with EasyCatalog by hiding unused attributes
Standardised attribute columns
  • 5-10 attributes, possibly different for each table
  • Complete control over display of each column (width, alignment, formatting)
  • Common attributes may be merged
  • Unlimited product attributes held within source data
  • Product attributes standardised to enable extensive control over table display:
    • Attribute name (e.g. Att_1_Name)
    • Attribute value (e.g. Att_1_Value)
    • Attribute width (e.g. Att_1_Width)
    • Attribute formatting (e.g. Att_1_Format)
    • Attribute alignment (e.g. Att_1_Alignment)
  • Requires product data transformation
Creating flexible and highly accurate tables with EasyCatalog using standardised attribute columns
Complex product selection
  • 10-20 attributes, possibly with sub headings
  • Columns/rows expressed as either products/attributes or attributes/products
  • Merged product attributes (by column or row)
  • Requires additional columns for attribute sub headings
Creating complex tables with EasyCatalog for product selection selection guides
Pre-configured tables Table is created from pre-formatted field (e.g. CSV, tab delimited, HTML or XML data)
  • Requires complex product information to be contained within a single field.
Creating a table using pre-formatted data with EasyCatalog


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