Monday, June 20, 2005


Rule 8: Formatting

Be consistent with formating.

On the colour front, pick pastel colours, they seem to work well.

Use boxes to mark areas with borders. Outside borders with double thickness lines,
inside borders with single

Pick a consistent colour for cells that can be inputed by the user. Combine this with protection.

Highlight error conditions with non-pastel colours. For example, bold white on a red background.

Use conditional formatting to set the colours were relevant. For example with an arbitrage situation, there are three states. Not worth doing the deal, a cheaper sythetic deal, and an outright arbitrage. That's three colours. The first is probably the same as the background, the second pastel, the last primary.
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