The Evolution of Data Display: From HTML Tables to Advanced Grids

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Data display has advanced from simple HTML to advanced JavaScript-based grid components. Learn about this evolution and how to build a modern grid today.

Displaying Data: HTML Tables

The language of the web, HTML, was originally conceived in 1980 (although not fully developed until 1990) as a document markup language, as its name states. One of the critical elements that need to be displayed in documents, of course, is tabular data. A core element of HTML is the table. Tables allow the user to easily specify rows and columns and makes sure that all the data lines up and is easy to view and understand. Tables allow basic control like alignment, cell color, padding, borders, etc. — enough to create a basic table. If you just want to display a simple, small table, then HTML tables are probably enough for you.

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