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Re: Text in Tables

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  • Subject: [mg50783] Re: Text in Tables
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 03:48:56 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: The University of Western Australia
  • References: <ci9ba5$i5j$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

In article <ci9ba5$i5j$1 at>, Ron Smith <rcmmma at> 

> Any input into a table cell is done in
> TraditionalForm. This is fine if the cell contains
> mathematical notation but if you want to just input
> some text the result is a lot of unnecessary gunk in
> the underlying cell expression. 
> (E.g. "some text" appears as RowBox[{"some", " ",
> "text"}] )
> You can manually edit this underlying expression to
> ensure that it is just text that appears in the cell
> of the GridBox expression but this gets cumberson with
> large tables. Can you enter text directly into a Table
> that doesn't result in an underlying expression that
> uses RowBoxes?

I'm not sure exactly what you want to achieve here. Can you post an 
example of the type of cell you want to produce.

To enter an inline (TraditionalForm) equations in a table you use 
\[ControlKey]9. One little known tip is that this operation is a toggle. 
So if you enter it twice you will get (plain) text inside Cells in the 
table fields. For example, compare (in a StyleSheet such as 
ArticleClassic that has the "NumberedTable" style)

         RowBox[{"some", " ", "text"}], 
         RowBox[{"and", " ", "even", " ", "more"}]
      }}], TraditionalForm]]]], 


         Cell["some text"], 
         Cell["and even more"]} 
      }], TraditionalForm]]]], 


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