# [Mac OS X TeX] Re: [X-TeX] Tables in LaTeX?

Tue Oct 16 21:11:50 EDT 2001


<x-flowed>Thanks, that did *exactly* what I needed.  Few questions:

(1) What does \label{labelname} do?  I assume that this is a more
general TeX-ism and not something specific to tables, but I'm not sure
quite what it is and how to use it.  I know it's optional, but if it's
useful I might want to take advantage of it. ;-)

(2) The argument where one says something like {|ccccccc|} or the
like -- is there any way of specifying the number of columns any other
way?  If one had a 50 column table (for example), would one actually be
expected to write out "|c|" 50 times?  My tables are usually small
enough that it generally does not matter, but I was curious anyway.

(3) I ran up against the same wall -- using tabularx with anything other
than "X" doesn't seem to work right.  Strange...does anyone else have
any suggestions?

I have some other questions, but I'll put that in a separate email. =)

thanks again,
neal

On Tuesday, October 16, 2001, at 07:43 PM, Fredrik Wallenberg wrote:

> On Tuesday, October 16, 2001, at 04:05 PM, Neal Parikh wrote:
>
>> -----------------------------
>> |			TITLE		|
>> -----------------------------
>> | x | y | z | x | y | z | x |
>> -----------------------------
>> | x | y | z | x | y | z | x |
>> -----------------------------
>> | x | y | z | x | y | z | x |
>> -----------------------------
>>
>> Can anyone help me out with a few examples?  Having a little trouble
>> getting the hand of the position and width specifications.
>>
>
> There are two general approaches, using either tabular or tabularx.
> tabular will make the table as small as possible while tabularx takes a
> width parameter.
>
>
> \begin{table}[h] % [h] for here
> 	\footnotesize
> 	\begin{center}
> 		\begin{tabular}{|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|} \hline
> 			% alignment can be l,r or c
> 			% no partition indicator = space
> 	 	 	\multicolumn{7}{|c|}{TITLE} \\ \hline
> 	 	 	x & y & z & x & y & z & x \\ \hline
> 	 	 	x & y & z & x & y & z & x \\ \hline
> 	 	 	x & y & z & x & y & z & x \\ \hline
>  	 	 \end{tabular}
> 	\end{center}
> \end{table}
>
>
>
> \usepackage{tabularx} % required in the preamble
> \begin{table}[h] % [h] for here
> 	\footnotesize
> 	\begin{center}
> 		\begin{tabularx}{4in}{|XXXXXXX|} \hline
> 			% alignment can be l,r, c OR X (left alignment w. fill)
> 			% no partition indicator = space
> 	 	 	\multicolumn{7}{|c|}{TITLE} \\ \hline
> 	 	 	x & y & z & x & y & z & x \\ \hline
> 	 	 	x & y & z & x & y & z & x \\ \hline
> 	 	 	x & y & z & x & y & z & x \\ \hline
>  	 	 \end{tabularx}
> 	\end{center}
> \end{table}
>
> I have not figured out how to use tabularx and centered or right
> justified columns.
>
> Fredrik

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