8 Replies Latest reply on Apr 26, 2010 7:27 AM by mjp 321

    Formating Tables

    Mpeterso
      Hi,

      I'm cleaning up multiple manuals, created by multiple people and the tables have different formating throughout. I'm trying to take the tables out of classic HTML format and give them single solid borders on all sides. I can change the borders for the entire table but am not able to change the borders on the cells. When I chose solid or none for the cell borders style, with the setting set for either classic or none, the cells remain in HTML style.

      Is there an alternative to creating new tables. Massive amounts of tables in these manuals.

      Second question is regarding cutting and pasting within cells. Can only cut and paste from one cell into another cell. Can't cut and paste one row into a new row. Is there an alternative to reorganizing within a table?
        • 1. Re: Formating Tables
          Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)
          Make sure you select the whole table so that there are three square handles along each table border. Now go into Table Properties and you should see Classic HTML Style listed. It is not normally listed, only when such a table has been selected as described. Change that to whatever you want and it should work OK after that.

          On the second one, you can only do that sort of thing direct with the HTML code and it can get real messy. Most methods involve putting the table into Word and then reimporting with all the attendant problems.

          Overall the job you have sounds like you should be looking at MacroExpress to be helping you with the repetitive stuff.

          • 2. Re: Formatting Tables
            mjp 321 Level 1

            I'm trying to put all the tables into classic HTML format and give them single solid borders on all sides. I do not have Classic HTML as a style selection in some of the topics while it is available in other topics. All topics have the same style sheet.

            • 3. Re: Formating Tables
              Willam van Weelden Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Hi,

               

               

               

              What do you mean by classic HTML format?

               

               

               

              If all your topics use the same CSS, you can simply add that border trough your css. Add the following to your style sheet:

               

               

               

              TABLE

               

               

               

              Change the code after the hash (#) to use a different color.

               

               

               

              Greet,

               

               

               

              Willam

               

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              • 4. Re: Formating Tables
                mjp 321 Level 1

                Thanks for the reply but that doesn't solve my problem. I have no trouble applying different Table Borders. The problem is the border I need, Classic HTML Table, seems to vanish randomly from the Table Borders dialog box.

                 

                I am using RH7.

                 

                1. Select a table (either with handles or drag select).
                2. Choose Table Properties from the menu.
                3. Click the Table Borders button, the Table Borders dialog box will open.
                4. The Styles are listed in a box under the word "Style".
                5. Classic HTML Table is a selection in this box along with None, Solid, etc.
                6. The problem I am having is that the Classic HTML Table selection is sometimes not listed in this box and
                  I need to know why this happens and how to correct it.
                • 5. Re: Formating Tables
                  Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)

                  My experience is that it only appears if the table is a Classic HTML table.

                   

                  The code looks like this and will give a table a bit like the one shown.

                   

                  <table style="border-collapse: separate;" width="100%" border="1">
                      <tr>
                          <td>&#160;</td>
                          <td>&#160;</td>
                          <td>&#160;</td>
                      </tr>
                      <tr>
                          <td>&#160;</td>
                          <td>&#160;</td>
                          <td>&#160;</td>
                      </tr>
                      <tr>
                          <td>&#160;</td>
                          <td>&#160;</td>
                          <td>&#160;</td>
                      </tr>
                  </table>

                   

                   

                  As you can see, it does not have a single border.

                   


                  See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

                   

                  @petergrainge

                  • 6. Re: Formating Tables
                    mjp 321 Level 1

                    Thank you.

                    Is there any way to change existing tables to Classic HTML?

                    • 7. Re: Formating Tables
                      Peter Grainge Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)

                      I'm trying to put all the tables into classic HTML format and give them single solid borders on all sides.

                      As you can see from my example, what you say you want seems to be at variance with a classic table.

                       

                      Can you add a screenshot of what you are trying to achieve? Please use the camera icon above to add the screenshot.

                       


                      See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

                       

                      @petergrainge

                      • 8. Re: Formating Tables
                        mjp 321 Level 1

                        I believe that there is a bug in the program. Even if I create the tables

                        as Classic HTML, that option is not always available in Table Properties. Thanks for your help.