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Chapter 16 Working with Tables

Tables are created in Roundtrip by utilising the append and prepend character options. These allow tabular data to be imported into the QuarkXPress page, and correctly aligned as a table by having tab characters inserted to separate the columns, and carriage returns added to separate the rows.

To ensure that the columns are correctly aligned, each row of the table (or the first element in each row) should have a paragraph style sheet applied which has the tab stops appropriately defined for the table. Similarly, the text box into which the table is being imported should be wide enough to accommodate the tab stops defined in the style sheet.

In the ruleset, you should set a value for “Post-pend text” of “\t” (backslash - t) for the elements which will constitute cells in the table. If there are multiple different elements constituting each row, or each row’s elements are contained in a parent element, then you should set a value for “Post-pend text” for the last element in the row to “\r”, or check the ‘is paragraph’ check box for the parent element (i.e., the “row” element that contains the “cells”). If not, then the last tab stop should be made particularly large when defining the style sheet - sufficiently large to be outside the right hand boundary of the box which will hold the table. This will cause the text for the next row to flow onto a new line.

If you are using QuarkXPress 6, tables can be created using the QuarkXPress Tables Tool. When creating tables in this way ensure that the ‘Link Cell’ option is selected in the Table Properties dialogue.

When creating tables to contain Place Holder items, the correct number of cells should be created according to the XML to be flowed in to each table.