Schedule Layout is a graphical pattern used to represent the records on a calendar (a schedule) of events, activities, working shifts, etc. The point of utilizing a schedule layout is to provide a reader with the best possible representation of information recorded on a schedule. Layout of a schedule is mainly based upon two types of patterns:
- Tabular schedule layout: this layout is arranged as a table with one or a few of separate fields, representing regular periods of time, for example weekdays. A day planner sheet is an example of a schedule with a single field – the day is an empty list which may be sub-divided by lines to segregate particular day hours, so a person can inscribe events or appointments complying with each hour of the day.
- Time-grid layout: this schedule layout is mainly defined by positioning a data piece on a grid, between X and Y axes, so a reader can associate two or even more attributes to position a point in time. An example of such a layout is a yearly schedule where Y axis has Months, X axis has Weekdays, and every separate cell on their intersection is marked with Day of Month, so a viewer can navigate each appointment by Month, Day of Month and Weekday.