[NTG-context] More table questions

Henning Hraban Ramm texml at fiee.net
Tue Sep 22 16:31:39 CEST 2020

> Am 22.09.2020 um 10:03 schrieb Denis Maier <denis.maier.lists at mailbox.org>:
> I usually don't need tables, therefore this maybe stupid question: What is the currently recommended way to typeset tables? Still natural tables? Or extreme tables? (My tables won't be 30 pages long.)

tabulate as far as it fits your needs, then natural tables (Hans dixit in 2019).

> Also, how do you easiest define booktabs style tables? I mean: can you define tables such that the last row end with thicker lines without having to make this explicit? Is there a mechanism for this? (That would make the XML mapping much simpler.)

In tabulate you have several kinds of horizontal lines (\HL, \FL, \ML, \LL), but you need to set them and define their width individually.

IMO the different line widths of booktabs are very oldfashioned. Try to avoid lines as far as possible, and then use them unobtrusively.
Depending on your product (black printing, CMYK printing, screen only) you can use light colors, but be aware that thin, rasterized lines look jagged, while you can e.g. use 100% cyan even in 0.25pt, if the resolution of the press (offset/digital) works with such thin lines.

Also don’t use indented table lines if you don’t use vertical lines (and you should usually avoid those).


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