Jeanne A. E. DeVoto
revolution at jaedworks.com
Fri Nov 4 17:13:20 CST 2005
At 1:08 PM -0800 11/4/2005, Timothy Miller wrote:
>I've tried trial and error, and tried searching the documentation. I
>haven't gotten too far. This thing seems more or less undocumented.
>The various table properties perplex me. I've figured out "tab
>stops." That's about it.
Hmmm. There was never very much documentation of tables, but what
there was seems to have gotten lost at some point - or at least I
can't find it in the 2.61 docs. Here it is, for whatever it's worth:
How to create a spreadsheet-like table:
A table field is a field that is displayed as a grid, in the style of
a spreadsheet. Each line of the field becomes a row, and the columns
in a row are separated by tab characters. You control a table field's
behavior using the Table pane of the field's property inspector.
To make a field into a table field, follow these steps:
1. Open the field's property inspector and choose "Table" from the
menu at the top of the inspector palette.
2. Check the "Table object" box to make the field into a table.
3. If you want, change the baselines, grid, and tab stops settings
to change the appearance of the table field.
How to allow editing of individual cells in a table field:
Normally, a table field is edited like any other field, by entering
text directly. You can specify that a table field's cells can be
edited individually. When you click a cell, what you type goes into
To allow cell editing in a table field, in the "Table" pane of the
field's property inspector, check the box labeled "Cell Editing".
When you click a cell in the table field, a box appears to let you
edit the cell's content.
Tip: To move between cells when cell editing is enabled, use the
Tab key, Return key, and arrow keys.
How to format numbers in a table field:
To control the format of numbers in a table field, you specify a
format, along with the cells you want to apply the format to, in the
field's property inspector. To choose a format, follow these steps:
1. In the "Table" pane, check the "Cell formatting" box.
2. Choose a column number from both menus labeled "Format Column".
3. From the "Using" menu, choose the format you want to use. In the
"With" box, enter a prefix or suffix, a number of decimal places, a
percentage value, or "short", "long", "internet", or "system" for a
4. Press the Tab key, then click "Add" to apply the format.
Note: You can apply only one format to any particular cell.
jeanne a. e. devoto ~ revolution at jaedworks.com
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