[OS X TeX] suppress vertical line in table

Nathan Sanders Nathan.Sanders at williams.edu
Mon Jan 28 15:42:06 EST 2008

On Jan 28, 2008, at 3:23 PM, George Gratzer wrote:
>> On Jan 28, 2008, at 1:49 PM, Nathan Sanders wrote:
>>> So, yes, in most ordinary data tables, vertical lines won't be  
>>> needed and shouldn't be used, but an independent need for vertical  
>>> lines in tables still exists, and it's a shame that they are not  
>>> easier to deal with in TeX.  (I had to write my own package for  
>>> doing Optimal Theory tableaux, because the tabular environment is  
>>> just so abysmally insufficient for a variety of reasons.)
> Did you try the package my book recommends: booktabs?

The booktabs documentation contains an explicit statement that let me  
know immediately that it wouldn't be suitable for doing Optimality  
Theory tableaux: "More importantly the rules generated by the new  
commands are in no way guaranteed to connect with verticals generated  
by {|} characters in the preamble. This is a feature (see above). You  
should not use vertical rules in tables, end of story."

OT tableaux have vertical rules, "end of story".  It is the standard  
format for every journal, conference proceedings, and book publisher.   
It is incorrect to leave them out and unacceptable for them not to  
properly connect with horizontal rules.

For examples of OT tableaux, see the documentation of my OTtablx  



Nathan Sanders
Linguistics Program
Williams College

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