[OS X TeX] suppress vertical line in table

George Gratzer gratzer at mac.com
Mon Jan 28 15:53:48 EST 2008

Why not use both?


On Jan 28, 2008, at 2:42 PM, Nathan Sanders wrote:

> 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  
> package:
> 	<http://wso.williams.edu/~nsanders/OTtablx/OTtablx-doc.pdf>
> Nathan
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> Nathan Sanders
> Linguistics Program
> Williams College
> http://wso.williams.edu/~nsanders/
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