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Chapter 5. Tabular Material > 5.1. Standard LaTeX environments

5.1. Standard LaTeX environments

LaTeX has two families of environments that allow material to be lined up in columns—namely, the tabbing environment, and the tabular and array environments. The main differences between the two kinds of environments are:

• The tabbing environment is not as general as the tabular environment. It can be typeset only as a separate paragraph, whereas a tabular environment can be placed anywhere in the text or inside mathematics.

• The tabbing environment can be broken between pages, whereas the standard tabular environment cannot.

• With the tabbing environment the user must specify the position of each tab stop explicitly. With the tabular environment LaTeX can automatically determine the width of the columns.

• Multiple tabbing environments cannot be nested, whereas tabular environments can, thus allowing complex alignments to be realized.


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