I’m using tabulate for parallel texts (source and translation next to each other). The top of each table should consist of only one cell covering both columns with centered content. Is that possible?


A HTML equivalent will look roughly like this:




    <th colspan="2">Manuscript XY </th>



    <td>Some text in Greek or Hebrew or whatever</td>

    <td>This is the translation</td>




With ConteXt I’d like to do something like this



  \NC Manuscript XY \NR

  \NC  Some text in Greek or Hebrew or whatever

  \NC  This is the translation \NC \NR                                             



This compiles (interestingly?), but the cells at the top aren’t merged.


Any ideas ?


I know that natural tables offer more in this regard, but those seem not to be so well suited for parallel texts.