That is the correct method to copy into a table in InDesign.
Make sure you have all the InDesign cells selected, and make sure you have the Type (T) tool selected when you paste.
Arghh. As far as I can tell, I'm doing all that. It just won't paste properly.
Here's what I do:
Using type tool, I click on the destination frame.
I insert the 2x16 table.
I select all the cells in Pages and copy them.
Using type tool, I select all the cells in ID.
I hit paste.
The only thing I can think of it that ID is expecting the table in one format, and Pages is copying the table to the clipboard in another format.
What happens if you don't select all the cells in ID? Just click in the first cell with the Text tool and paste.
I get exactly the same result.
OK, how about just making the frame, inserting the text from Pages and from the Table menu use Convert Text to Table.
Same again. Only left hand columns.
The table pastes perfectly it other programs -- Bean, TextEdit… -- but I get the same result if I try to copy from those into ID.
When pasting the table into ID as text, should any table formatting be noticeable before it is converted into a table?
No, as I recall you get the text as unformatted lines of text which should include each row as a separate line.
Solve it. Sort of.
If I paste the table into Sublime, then copy from that into ID, the table looks as it should. Perhaps it's a problem with Mavericks.