6 Tables

Arranging information in tabular form is a very important part of any text formatting system. In this chapter, we explain the two LATEX environments available for this task: tabbing, which is similar to the way a typewriter works, and tabular, a far more sophisticated and powerful environment.

In Chapter 9 we show how tables (and figures) can be made to ‘float’ to a convenient position on the current or following page without producing ugly page breaks. However, that is a separate mechanism; the contents of such a floating table environment must still be produced with the structures described here.

6.1 Tabulator stops

6.1.1 Basics

In the days of typewriters, it was possible to set tabulator stops at various positions within a line; ...

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