How improve my table-cell highlighting scheme?

In my daunting table of market numbers, seconds-by-seconds price changes in the Bid, Ask, and Last columns are highlighted for the user.

Highlighting happens when the page is refreshed: click the refresh button to see, or toggle the auto/man button to select auto-refresh.

The highlighting seems to me amateur (hey! that’s me!) and clunky. And garish!

Can you suggest a “nicer” — more pleasing, artistic, unobtrusive — design to achieve the effect? Are the highlighting colors not right?

Thanks!

Answer

I think the colour is probably fine. After all the whole point is making it poke-you-in-the-eye obvious which values have changed and in what direction, when the array may be one of several the user is monitoring concurently on a multi-screen setup.

Colour also seems consistent with similar displays I’ve seen. Which might also be considered garish, but if there’s a standard think very carefully before diverging.

I would perhaps consider looking at a very brief fade-in, as well as the existing fade-out, and check that the fades are as smooth as possible, they seem a bit jumpy to me.

Also, I see no highlighting on IE8.

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