What is correct style for displaying dollar figures in a column in a table?



  • I have a table of two columns. One is list of expenses (or revenue). The other is dollar figures.

    Should the dollar sign ($) appear with every figure? Or should I put it only with the figure on the first line and again with the sum (as I believe I was taught years ago in school)?

    See the sample I posted (as a response to another question) before I was advised to start a new thread: https://ux.stackexchange.com/questions/51126/how-to-format-tables-with-monetary-data#new-answer?newreg=c2c807b2c8eb4db9a1d76c4f52e7ca42

    Thanks.



  • Including the dollar would have the following advantages:

    • Data is very often copied from one application to another, including the dollar in the cell would be very helpful when copying to an email or excel
    • It might help with accessibility, as screen readers could correctly announce the dollar amounts
    • In large tables it helps provide context, for example if there are two amounts next to each other. It can avoid to look up to the header column.

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