Tables Overview

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ConTeXt has a whole bunch of possibilities to typeset tables. Not each provides everything you may need.

Older ones:

Note that you can use natural and extreme tables with the old Table/Tabulate syntax. (To make this even more confusing...)

If you have simple tables with lots of contents, and you're tired of typing \bTR\bTDs or \NC\NRs, you can also have a look at

Features

Feature TabulateTable/Tables TABLExtablesLinetableframedtable
horizonal lines \HL \HL
\setupTABLE
[topframe=on]
or
\setupTABLE
[bottomframe=on]
\setupxtable[...]
unknown yes
vertical lines \VL \VL
\setupTABLE
[leftframe=on]
or
\setupTABLE
[rightframe=on]
\setupxtable[...]
unknown yes
multipage yes no / yes (tables) yes, with split=yes or split=repeat yes, even horizontally yes, even horizontally yes
repeated header
\setuptabulate
[header=repeat]
\starttabulatehead
...
\stoptabulatehead
only one line
tables only:
\setuptables
  [split=repeat]

\starttablehead
...
\stoptablehead
\bTABLE
[split=repeat]
\bTABLEhead
...
\eTABLEhead
yes yes yes
repeated footer no tables only:
\setuptables
  [split=repeat]

\starttabletail
...
\stoptabletail
no? yes no unknown
automatic fitting to given table width no \SetTableToWidth
\setupTABLE
[option=stretch,
 textwidth=10cm]
yes default unknown
problems very limited some limitations, problems with spacing
\starttext
\starttablehead
  \HL
\stoptablehead
\starttables[|l|l|]
\dorecurse{50}{%
  \VL SomeText
  \VL SomeText
  \VL \AR}
\stoptables
Problem: top margin on
first page is bigger.
\stoptext
there may be problems in width and height calculation and perhaps the multipage features very verbose lack of documentation, just experimental limitations, lack of documentation
documentation (except wiki) contextref.pdf, tabl-tbl.mkii, MAPS article ms-cb-en.pdf, tabl-tab.mkii enattab.pdf, NaturalTables.pdf, tabl-ntb.mkii / tabl-ntb.mkiv xtables-mkiv.pdf, tabl-xtb.lua tabl-ltb.mkii / tabl-ltb.mkiv ?

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