[NTG-context] Tables --- what is current recommendation?

Tobias Burnus burnus at gmx.de
Sun Dec 18 22:48:37 CET 2005


David Arnold wrote:
> I'm wondering. If one is starting anew with Context, what would users  
> recommend as the best choice of table environment?
I think it really depends on the type of table you need. For something 
with a simple layout like vocabulary or address lists I would use 
tabulate, for complex layouts with columns/rows spanning several cells I 
would use the HTML-like TABLE.
table(s) falls in somewhere inbetween - more flexible than tabulate but 
less than TABLE. (I think one should go rather for tabulate/TABLE than 
for table(s), but others may disagree.)

For "line tables" the sourcefile already tells that "it provides a 
mechanism for typesetting very large tables spanning many pages 
horizontally and vertically", which is "experimental, undocumented". 
(Only) if you have a table which spans _horizontal_ several pages you 
should have a look.


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