[NTG-context] Tables for newbies [WAS Re: imbalanced columns]

luigi scarso luigi.scarso at gmail.com
Fri Jul 16 20:21:19 CEST 2010


2010/7/16 Idris Samawi Hamid ادريس سماوي حامد <ishamid at colostate.edu>

> Hi Peter,
>
>
> On Fri, 16 Jul 2010 07:05:19 -0600, Peter Münster <pmlists at free.fr> wrote:
>
>  On Thu, Jul 15 2010, Idris Samawi Hamid ادريس   سماوي حامد wrote:
>>
>>  Question for all: for MkIV, should we recommend ONLY natural tables to
>>> newcomers, e.g., in a ConTeXt Book?
>>>
>>
>> Hello Idris,
>>
>> For me, it's yes!  But newcomers need to pay attention in some cases:
>> - alignment (see issue http://tracker.luatex.org/view.php?id=427 )
>> - TABLEhead is repeated, TABLEfoot is not
>>  (see issue http://tracker.luatex.org/view.php?id=116 )
>>
>
> Sure, hopefully by the time we get to that point the bugs will be fixed.
>
> I also see that Wolfgang has wrapped some of the old Tables syntax into a
> module (as Aditya hinted)... I missed all of these developments :-)
>
> The Tables syntax is certainly less verbose, and may be useful for
> beginners. But for pedagogical purposes it makes sense to consider
> Table/Tables deprecated, if not obsolete... So the pedagogical challenge is
> to make TABLE as easy as possible, perhaps teaching \start/stopTABLE as
> intro and \b/eTABLE as advanced.
>
>
> A top-down  approach
1) \bTABLE
2) \starttabulate
3) chapter 22 of TeXbook

1) is much easy than 2) which is much easy than 3

1) is slower than 2) which is slower than 3)

-- 
luigi
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