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I was asked once how I put tables in posts. I answered in a comment written hurriedly, and if you were not following that discussion, you never saw it. Here is a clearer explanation:

I write my HTML by hand, which gives you what you want, as long as you use the proper symbols.

This is my generic table, with the angle brackets, "<" and ">,"
replaced by square brackets, "[" and "]."

You start by declaring a table, and saying how the outline should look:
[table border="2" cellpadding="8" cellspacing="2" width="100%"]

You continue with the information. I'm assuming that you want the same number of boxes -- or "cells" in every row. You start a row with [tr][td]. "tr" is a table row; "td" is table data -- what you put in a particular row. You put "[/td][td]" for one fewer than the number of cells you want in each row -- that determines the number of columns in your table. This row has ten columns.
[tr][td] [/td][td] [/td][td] [/td][td] [/td][td] [/td][td] [/td][td] [/td][td] [/td][td] [/td][td] [/td][/tr]. You always end with [/td][/tr].

Then you copy and paste this blank row for as many rows as you want in your table -- including the headers.

Then you put the data in each cell. "td" stands for "table data." The data for each cell comes after the "[td]."

Finally, you close the whole thing out.
[/table]

This is how such a table with three rows looks:


A B C D E F G H I J
L M N O P Q R S T U
W X Y Z K a b c d V
If you cram so much information into the cells that it will not fit on the page of the guy reading it -- and some of us read on hand-held devices with narrow pages -- then the cells will have the data in two lines. I want cells to have more than one line sometimes, and I do it by putting [br] between the lines. That's standard HTML for a break -- with, of course, square brackets substituted for the angle brackets.

For tables on dKos, most of those numbers I put in don't seem to matter.

Originally posted to Frank Palmer on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 03:55 PM PDT.

Also republished by Welcome New Users and Community Spotlight.

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