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Tables

Ole sees tables everywhere. He thinks they’re the most common method of presenting text. This quirk is probably due to the time he spent typesetting a magazine devoted to horse racing (and its infamous “stud listing”), but he can be forgiven—tables really are everywhere. Looked at the business or sports section of a newspaper lately? Or a data sheet for that nifty new computer you want to buy? Or a calendar?

Tables are everywhere because they’re a great way to present information that falls naturally into a set sequence of categories. If tables are so useful, why are they universally hated and despised by desktop publishing users? Since the dawn of the page layout era, creating tables has been a bother—programs that supported tables (Microsoft Word, FrameMaker, and Ventura Publisher, for example) didn’t have the typesetting and color management features graphic arts professionals expect; popular page layout programs (such as PageMaker and QuarkXPress) lacked tools for tabular composition. Plug-ins and stand-alone table-editing programs attempted to provide the feature, but, frankly, never worked very well.


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