A table is a way to arrange systematically facts and figures in clearly categorized rows and columns.
Dense, long texts make it difficult for the readers to discern key points and nuances of an issue. Contract readers often need to compare information and make correct choices based on these comparisons: for instance, they may need to understand how a provision applies to different actors or in different circumstances.
Typical use cases are situations where it is necessary to give order and structure to lists of items, each which may be further characterized by a number of attributes (e.g. clauses on required insurances types and limits, definition lists in agreements, detailed cookies and third-parties in privacy statements, intellectual property rights.)
Tables provide a way of structuring information that helps readers to skim and process a lot of information at a glance: tables can be read very rapidly. They also facilitate comparison and choice between different elements. Like flowcharts, tables also bring together information that may have been in different clauses, or on different pages or documents altogether.
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