Table Tab

Use

You use this tab page to determine the table layout for a table node (or a complex section).

In contrast to the template node, where you fix all lines and columns of the table, you determine mere table types on the Table tab. You select these table types when displaying the inferior nodes. This means that you can use them in any sequence during table output.

Specifying the Table Layout by Line Types

When you select the Table tab, by default, the Table Painter is called. Here, you can define your line types graphically. A line type specifies:

  • How many cells the line contains and how wide these cells are. The sum of all cell widths must correspond to the table width. In addition, the table width must never exceed the width of the output window.

The height of the table line is determined dynamically and depends on the cell contents as well as on the style used. The highest cell determines the height of the line.

  • Whether the table line is protected against page breaks (mark No Page Break). If the table line that is protected against a page break does not fit onto the current page, it is printed completely on the next page. This may happen if, for example, the text within a table cell consists of several lines so that the cell height is too much for the table line.
  • Which line type to use if no line type is specified for the output of the node (default line)

Determine a line type for the table heading, a line type for the items in the table, and a line type for the output of a total. To do this, fill in three lines in the table control.

Defining the Line Types

To describe the line types, use the Table Painter or a table control in the Details settings, which you call by using a pushbutton on the tab page. The forllowing values you can change only in the Details settings:

  • horizontal alignment of the table
  • specification of a line as default line
  • the indicator No Page Break

General Settings for the Table Layout

The attributes in the Table Pattern box and for the table width as well as the Horizontal Alignment apply for the entire table. These attributes are identical with the attributes of the template (see: Describing the Table Layout).