# [OS X TeX] Two columns

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Wed Mar 24 12:53:16 CET 2004

On 24 mrt 2004, at 12:50, George Ghio wrote:

>
> I came up with
>
> \begin{center}
> \begin{tabular}{ll}
> \parbox{3in}{{\large Earthsea Trilogy} \\
>  Ursula Le Guin\\
>  POV: Third person omniscient.}
> & \parbox{3in}{{\large Dune}\\
> Frank Herbert\\
> POV: Third person omniscient.}
> \end{tabular}
> \end{center}
>
> But as you pointed out page breaks may be a problem. Does "tabular"
> work with "long table"?

Tabular never breaks, longtable will, but only between rows iirc. The p
column specifier creates parboxes for you, so you don't have to do so
yourself.

\usepackage{longtable}

\begin{longtable}{p{...}@{...}p{...}}
many rows...
\end{longtable}

Maarten

>
> George
> On Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at 09:45 PM, Maarten Sneep wrote:
>
>> On 24 mrt 2004, at 11:11, George Ghio wrote:
>>
>>> I want to have a page layout that allows two columns of text. The
>>> trick is that each column must be independent of the other. In other
>>> words I want to be able to type in each column to provide a
>>> comparative critique of two books so it is no good that the left
>>> column jump to the right column at the end of the page. I think that
>>> I need to use something other than multicol to do this. Would I be
>>> right to think that a two column table might be a better choice.
>>
>> two-column table with specification:
>>
>> \begin{tabular}{p{0.48\textwidth}@{\hspace*{\fill}}p{0.48\textwidth}}
>> might work, but the par indentation is set to zero, you'd have to
>> search a bit more to get that right. In addition to this, you might
>> want to investigate the longtable package (so that you can have more
>> than one page). Note that page breaks are only possible on
>> "synchronization points" (i.e. a new row in the table).
>>
>> I've never used it, but the ledmac package may provide the
>> functionality you need.
>>
>> Maarten
>>
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