If the table was originally a Word doc, the Word table can be set to be a header in Word. This could be honored as it places into the InDesign file.
If the table was originally an Excel file, the Excel file does not have the ability to nominate the top row as header in advance of placing it into InDesign. This creates a manual moment.
Too bad you cannot set the header in the Show Import Options as you place it! This means you are often stopping to manually adjust/nominate the header row manually.
More pain: if you refresh the link to the Excel spreadsheet, you have to reset the header row manually again.
Maybe you can throw a script at it:
Thanks very much for getting back to me with such a thorough answer.
The document in question is coming from Word but IT won't allow us to mess with any styles set in Word so that puts that option out the window.
Scripts does sound like an option although I've never looked into using them before. Would you suggest this as a solution for a script newcomer?
or this link directly to the PDF: