While it’s usually obvious to a user how to add data in a spreadsheet, modifying data is often less obvious and an afterthought for many developers. By providing a clean and inutitive interface to modify data, inputs can be validated and controlled, ensuring datasets remain clean.
As discussed in previous posts, separating users from raw datasets is a cornerstone of excellent spreadsheet design. Today’s post provides a non-VBA solution to displaying data to users through a dynamic custom listbox.
Today’s post continues the discussion on data validation, introducing a new approach that utilized Excel formulas. This approach provides an additional level of flexibility without the need for complex macros or VBA.
Many developers will admit that when it comes to creating a user friendly application, more effort is often committed to controlling user inputs than actual functionality and design. Excel’s data validation tools allow you to easily deploy validation features on any spreadsheet project.
Part 2 the Spreadsheet Design series will focus on Data Management, an often overlooked component of any large Excel project. This may well be because Excel is not meant to manage data; its primary purpose is to display data or derive analysis off of it.