headings of a table - date or dates / session or sessions

Tedwonny

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I am curious whether the plural or singular form should be used for headings of a table. I've certainly seen both.

E.g.

Date / Dates Topic / Topics

1/1/2015 Globalization
2/1/2015 Deforestation
...... .................

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MikeNewYork

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It could be either one.
 

Raymott

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I think that the singular is far more common.
It is similar to writing fields in a database. For example, you might have fields "Item, Price, Number Sold, Number In Stock, etc". They're not plurals.
 
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The singular also takes up less space, allowing narrower columns which might be important in getting the information printed as you want.
 
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