I'd consider tables a limitation of the Alternate Layout feature. The feature was designed for creating mobile device screen sizes using text and graphics—particularly when changing orientation, or displaying on different types of mobile devices. In general, tables don't work well in those situations, and I don't think the engineers ever developed it for your application.
Also, alternate layouts were to assist the designer to speed up the work. It was never intended that the software would ever completely automate the process. It was expected that the results would have to be tweaked.
Good to know!
With your expertise how would you go about resizing a multi-page file?
I really appreciate your help.
Scaling a document by using the Alternate Layout features is asking for trouble! Completely unreliable, as you've found out.
Simplest, best way is our add-on: Id-Extras: InDesign Scripts, Tips & Solutions – QuickResize
Use that and expect to have to tweak nothing at all!
Oh, Okay. Thank you!