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This is ConTeXts oldest table module. It uses the same formatting as [[Tabulate]] (see [[Tables Overview]]).
This mode is based on Michael Wichura's TaBlE package for PlainTeX. The official manual for it is commercial (about 40 USD), see [ PCTeX] -- but note that the TaBlE manual only talks about the original syntax, which does not use <cmd>NC</cmd>}}, <cmd>HL</cmd> }} cum suis.
The only ConTeXt docs are in [[manual:ms-cb-en.pdf|ConTeXt - an excursion]]. There is also two introductory articles in tugboat [ ConTeXt basics for users: Table macros] [ Table macros II] by Aditya Mahajan (2007 and 2008).
* You get vertical lines (rules), if you use <cmd>VL</cmd> }} instead of <cmd>NC</cmd>}}.* Better use <cmd>SR</cmd>}}, <cmd>FR</cmd>}}, <cmd>MR</cmd>}}, <cmd>LR</cmd> }} instead of <cmd>NR</cmd>}}.* You can also use <cmd>AR</cmd> }} instead of <cmd>SR</cmd>}}, <cmd>FR</cmd>}}, <cmd>MR</cmd> }} and <cmd>LR</cmd> }} (AR for automatic row).* You can leave out the <cmd>NC</cmd> }} before the "row" command, but not if you use <cmd>AR</cmd> }} in a last or single row (see example).* You can influence the table with <cmd>setuptables</cmd>}}.
==Column Definition==
The table is defined by the template enclosed in square brackets after <cmd>starttable</cmd>}}. The template has the form
<tt>|keys for the first column|keys for the second column|...|keys for the last column|</tt>. Please note that each column is surrounded by <tt>|</tt> signs. These are necessary. The formatting keys for each column can be a choice of
==Column Spans==
It's possible to create columnspans (i.e. cells that span more than one column) with the command <cmd>use{<i>N</i>}</cmd> }} where ''N'' is the number of columns spanned by the cell. It's often necessary to use <cmd>ReFormat[<i>new keys</i>]{}</cmd> }} to reformat this specific cell according to the ''new keys''.
(<cmd>ReFormat</cmd> }} can be abbreviated <cmd>REF</cmd> }} for brevity.)
== Row Spans==
It's also possible to create rowspans (i.e. cells that span more than one row) with the command <cmd>Raise(<i>dimen</i>){<i>content</i>}</cmd> }} or <cmd>Lower(<i>dimen</i>){</i>content</i>}</cmd> }} that raise or lower ''content'' by ''dimen''.
<table cols="2"><tr valign="top"><td>
(<cmd>Lower(.5\lineheight){a}</cmd> }} can be abbreviated <cmd>LOW{a}</cmd> }} for brevity.)
An alternative means of spanning rows by a tall object makes use of a bit of TeX magic:
<cmd>smash{tall object}</cmd>}}:
<table cols="2"><tr valign="top"><td>
* See [[Floating Objects]] in general.
* If you need information about <cmd>placetable</cmd> }} look after <cmd>placefloat</cmd> }} in the manual or texshow!
* If you do not want a caption for your table, to get rid of it altogether you have to add "none" to settings and then leave the braces empty; if you only leave the braces empty, your table will still be numbered ("Table 1" etc.).
won't cover the whole cell.
* <cmd>BL</cmd> }} makes a gray background: the optional argument tells BL how many cells it should color* <cmd>CL</cmd> }} makes a colored row
==Fit Table Width==

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