It's been a long time since I've done a text table rant; and believe it or not I have totally changed my position -- complete surrender! (If anyone remembers my previous rallying cry).
My original position was that Tableau Dev's shouldn't waste any time at all improving/tweaking text tables; they were good enough for checking data sources/padding/marks, etc. -- in fact text tables are quite useful when trying to analyze what's coming in and how Tableau is handling it. But I saw no need to go any farther. I don't consider text tables to be data visualizations per se, I have NOT changed my opinion on this, but...
"For the love of all that is holy..."
Tableau, please appease/fulfill all the myriad text table feature requests as soon as humanly possible! So at the very least these forums can finally move on to 'real' data visualization questions It seems we've degenerated into a text table **** where a majority (all?) questions boil down to: "I can easily do this in Excel, why is it so difficult in Tableau". My response use to be: "So do it in Excel." But obviously this has not, will not silence the demand. So please Tableau:
Create (or license) an Excel duplicate that can be installed inside Tableau, that works exactly as Excel does with all the same functionality. Please, oh please give them back their Excel! (So we can finally get on with real data visualizations.)
PS: I know too many exclamation points.
PPS: Since notifications are mostly broken, I'm pinging richard.leeke.0 Jonathan Drummey Joe Mako Dimitri Blyumin Alex Kerin Joshua Milligan Toby Erkson Andy Piper Michael CristianiBrad Llewellyn Allan Walker Mark Jackson Mark Holtz ... please forgive if I didn't ping you, no slight intended -- complete memory lapse on my part. (Or the whole @ notification is something I've not quite mastered.)