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Linearisable tables should be capable of being meaningful when read out loud from left to right.

Example of non-linearisable table

Name

Joe Bloggs

Asif Akbar

Phoolan Singh

Tel

4321

4567

5678

Fax

4322

4566

5677

Email

J.Bloggs@bath.ac.uk

A.Akbar@bath.ac.uk

P.Singh@bath.ac.uk

Example of linearisable table

Name

Tel

Fax

Email

Joe Bloggs

4321

4322

J.Bloggs@bath.ac.uk

Asif Akbar

4567

4566

A.Akbar@bath.ac.uk

Phoolan Singh

5678

5677

P.Singh@bath.ac.uk

BUT for a single person's entry (say where you have drilled down):

Name

Joe Bloggs

Tel

4321

Fax

4322

Email

J.Bloggs@bath.ac.uk