# [OS X TeX] table help

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Fri May 20 11:50:07 EDT 2005

On 20 May 2005, at 17:40, Jason Davies wrote:

> thanks. I ended up using tabular instead of table. I can't see what
> the
> difference is in my manuals..anyone care to post a pithy
> distinction to
> help me make sense of the manuals?:-)

table is a floating environment, intended to hold a table. It will
number the caption for you, and make sure the table fits nicely on a
page.

tabular is the table itself, and usually resides within a table
environment. It can be used outside the table environment though.

\begin{table}
\caption{}
\begin{tabular}{...}
. . .
\end{tabular}
\end{table}

Maarten
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