How To Architect A Complex Web Table

The article is about the best practices for designing complex data tables for web applications. Slava recommends first understanding user needs through research and then systematically organizing the table’s features in a diagram. The design process should start with basic elements like colors and fonts before moving to individual cell types, rows, headers, filters and other components. Mockups should explore all relevant states for each element. 

Key principles outlined include taking an “atomic” approach by designing small reusable pieces first, using Occam’s razor to avoid unnecessary complexity, and defining logical “rules” like how numeric data will be formatted. Examples show different types of tables for read-only data, searching, and editing. The detailed guide provides tools and strategies to architect sophisticated yet usable tables for displaying and interacting with large datasets.