With no documents open, go to the Table Styles pallet, and change the value there. This will change that value in all newly created documents. There is a major pitfall to this approach, however. If the table gets copied to a document with different settings for Basic Table, your space parameters will get messed up.
Better to make a new table style (with no documents open), call it something like Zero Spacing Table, and set your spaces in that style to 0 for before and after.
Thanks for the prompt response.
Thanks for pointing out the potential problem of copying the table, but fortunately that will not happen in this case. The pages being built are in a catalog production environment from xml files and the copy/pasting of tables to other documents simply isn’t an issue – it would cause all kinds of other unwanted ripple effects. So the “Best Practices” rule would forbid it.
Currently we do not define any table type at all in the xml, not even Basic Table, so it looks like we need to add that callout so that the space values can be respected.
I was half-hoping we could have some “real” default setting without having to call for a table type, but right now I’ll take anything that will fix my problem.
Thanks again. I got my answer.
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