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Is it possible to add a table within a table and how to do this?

Oct 17, 2013 9:13 AM

I have created an If/Then table and I want to insert another table containing steps within this larger table.   See attached image.table within a table.png

 
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    Oct 17, 2013 9:59 AM   in reply to ASCWriter

    Insert an anchored frame at that point in the table, place a text frame into the anchored frame, and insert a table into the text frame...

     

    Note: I didn't promise you'd like the answer...

     

    -Matt

     

    Matt R. Sullivan

    co-author Publishing Fundamentals: Unstructured FrameMaker 11

     
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    Oct 17, 2013 12:15 PM   in reply to ASCWriter

    Plan B:

    Create the initial table so that it has all the rows and columns needed for the main table and the subtable(s).

     

    Use Straddles to merge the excess rows and columns outside the subtable.

     

    Note: You may not like this answer either.

     

    Plan C:

    Do the subtable in a spreadsheet.
    Export selection to PDF.

    Import as graphic object in a main table cell.

     

    Plan D:

    Submit enhancement request to Adobe.

    Twiddle thumbs until it is released.

    Brush off cobwebs.

    Insert table inside table ... how hard could it be?

     
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    Oct 17, 2013 11:18 AM   in reply to ASCWriter

    If you decide to follow error7103's plan D, and submit a formal feature enhancement request here: ADOBE WISHFORM, your request might get a little extra traction if you annoy theose folks with the comment that InDesign has had nested table ability for quite awhile, and compliment the FM folks that FM tables have many table features that ID only wishes it had now.<G>

     

    [EDIT] However, perhaps you won't want to keep cell borders between the rows in your final table. in that case, you can enter steps in the large (tall) cells and create steps with auto-numbered or bulleted paragraph formats in the adjacent (right-hand) cells. [/EDIT]

     

    HTH

     

    Regards,

     

    Peter Gold

    KnowHow ProServices

    ASCWriter wrote:

     

    I have created an If/Then table and I want to insert another table containing steps within this larger table.   See attached image.table within a table.png

     

    Message was edited by: peter at knowhowpro

     
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    Oct 17, 2013 1:33 PM   in reply to ASCWriter

    I overlooked suggesting that you can emulate table row ruling with FM's frame below paragraph format property. Search Google for terms like "framemaker frame below above paragraph," and "framemaker frames on reference pages," without quotes for details.

     

    This wold relieve the need to resize the text frame that contains the sub table, and to merge cells for new rows.

     

    You'll still have the limitation that tall rows won't split across frame, column, or page boundaries.

     

    HTH

     

    Regards,

     

    Peter Gold

    KnowHow ProServices

     
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