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Tables style guide

Published Tuesday, December 19, 2017

This guide sets out the basic formats, styles and good practice for the tables produced by the statistics sections of the House of Commons Library. It also includes some ideas for laying out tables when simple ‘rules’ are not enough.

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This guide sets out the basic formats, styles and good practice for the tables produced by the statistics sections of the House of Commons Library. It also includes some ideas for laying out tables when simple ‘rules’ are not enough.

The new guidance is less prescriptive than earlier versions. It does include some firm rules we should stick to alongside some more general guidance on the default starting point and visual examples of possible options. The golden rule behind all this is that you should think about the audience for your table and make it as useful for them as possible. If this really means breaking some of the ‘rules’ in this guidance then, as Orwell said "Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous"

Commons Briefing papers SN05072

Author: Paul Bolton

Topic: Statistics policy

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