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An Improved Table Experience

April 6, 2020

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Steffen Heine Steffen Heine
Steffen Heine is part of the SAP Analytics Cloud development team.

In the past months, we received a lot of user feedback for the table widget in SAP Analytics Cloud – from long loading in-cell charts to different row heights or an unpleasant scrolling behaviour. Of course, this is not what we would like to hear, so we had to act. Now with wave 2020.05 we are delivering the following improvements:

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Smooth Scrolling 

Scrolling is an important function in tables as we usually display more than a couple of rows or columns. The scrolling behaviour was column and row based, now we changed it to pixel based. This feels much smoother and natural for the user, especially on mobile devices. The viewer of a story or application can scroll by hovering over the table and there is no more need to click into the table.

Faster Loading In-Cell Charts and Thresholds

With just one click the values of a measure can be turned into a chart. But the loading times of the little bar charts were a big pain point. Now we have implemented a much-improved solution that gives users an optimal performance.  

Consistent Row Heights 

Row heights sometimes varied when users were drilling down in the table. Now all rows are always equally distributed. Also, the designer can set the row heights in the styling side panel to a custom height or use predefined FIORI heights (Default, Cozy, Condensed) which are adopting automatically to the used font size.

Responsive vs. Unresponsive

We simplified the responsive logic of columns that all content is always visible. This might lead to wider columns with a horizontal scroll bar. To reduce the width a wrap on the column can be used. In case the columns are not fulfilling the whole table size, the leftover white space is distributed evenly.

The unresponsive logic is made for a pixel perfect design. The designer can resize single, multiple or all columns at the same time and specify the width to an exact pixel value.

Table Title 

The table title will be always shown and does not scroll with the content anymore. Its height is automatically adjusted to the title's font size. Of course, everyone can still hide the whole title via the context menu if not needed at all.

Linked Analysis 

For tables using linked analysis, CTRL + left mouse click now deselects a member and ESC clears the whole selection.

Give it a Try

We decided, for now, not to make these changes as default as we are working on more improvements in the upcoming waves. But, it's easy to try it out. In the table's builder panel, the designer can select the checkbox 'Beta Table' and all new functions are directly available.

 

Further information are available behind the little info icon next to the check box or on our SAP Help portal. Have fun!