It's hard to tell really without seeing it, but assuming the material coming from the web has converted to tabular text (in the form "text...[tab character] text [tab character] text [return]") then you can save the Text Edit file as text. Choose Format > Make Plain Text in Text Edit. Save as a ".txt" file.
Open in InDesign file and place the text file. Then select the rows from the table and choose Table > Convert Text to Table.
thank you Steve..that did work. the actual source of this tabular information is at this link: Full Property Table.
I got the data in there, and then got the bright idea of simply PDF-ing the page. But I do want to re-visit this idea so that I could "own" the workflow I'm describing.
Granted this is a big table, but I'm sure ID is up to this type of task.
Thank you for responding to my question.
No need to go through TextEdit: do a "Select All" on that web page. Go to InDesign. Paste.
You get quite a bit more than 'just the table', but it's all local formatting and easily removed if you want it to.
If you only get the plain text anyway, you can (a) check "Paste All information" in "Clipboard handling" in your Preferences, or (b) select the pasted text and then select "Convert Text to Table". The latter way is also easier if you want to reformat everything anyway.
I get the data in there, but after selecting convert text to table, my heads are not over the columns they should be, as they are in your png graphic example..is there another step perhaps which I missed?
The image is from a plain Copy Web Page, Paste in InDesign, as described.