# [NTG-context] Split extreme tables across tables

Thangalin thangalin at gmail.com
Thu Jul 11 04:31:52 CEST 2019

The following document does not split across tables, which is a little
surprising:

\starttext
\startplacetable[title={Average Annual Temperatures}]
\startxtable
\startxrow
\startxcell[align=middle,width={0.10\textwidth}] Year \stopxcell
\startxcell[align=middle,width={0.14\textwidth}] Value \stopxcell
\stopxrow
\startxtablebody[body]
\dorecurse{100}{%
\startxrow
\startxcell[align=middle,width={0.10\textwidth}] 1880 \stopxcell
\startxcell[align=middle,width={0.14\textwidth}] 0.1146 \stopxcell
\stopxrow}
\stopxtablebody
\startxtablefoot[foot]
\startxrow
\startxcell[align=middle,width={0.10\textwidth}] 2018 \stopxcell
\startxcell[align=middle,width={0.14\textwidth}] 1.014 \stopxcell
\stopxrow
\stopxtablefoot
\stopxtable
\stopplacetable
\stoptext

I'd have thought the default behaviour would be to split because the
alternative is for the table content to scroll into the footer and off
the page.

A fix is to use:

\startplacetable[title={Average Annual Temperatures}, location={split}]

However, when the document is generated using pandoc, injecting
location={split} is not feasible.

It would be convenient if there was a way to use setups to override
the location option for \startplacetable. Henri Menke provided a work
around:

let\oldstartplacetable\startplacetable
\unexpanded\def\startplacetable{\dosingleempty\newstartplacetable}
\def\newstartplacetable[#1]{\oldstartplacetable[#1,location={split}]}

See: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/499453/2148

This does the job, but it doesn't feel like the ConTeXt way.

How would you use setups to enable page splitting on extreme tables?

Thank you!