[OS X TeX] multiline bracket in a table, text in math mode?

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Oct 4 14:00:46 CEST 2006

On Oct 3, 2006, at 10:39 PM, Cyril wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm trying to duplicate a table using latex, and I need to use a  
> mutliline brace (not sure of the name, the curly bracket) inside  
> this table. Using arrays in tables seems to work OK so since I am  
> not using LaTeX for maths, I started to look at how to do only that  
> part, and I came up with
> \[ il  \left. \begin{array} {ccc}		
> 		est content \\ sera content \\ serait content
> 	\end{array} \right\} que vous soyez là \]
> which does not work right, since spaces between the words are  
> eaten, and the "sera content" is not alligned with the "il" and  
> "que vous soyez là" (and nevermind the accent).
> What is then the best way to get such a bracket with text, and not  
> math?
> This jpg is what I'm trying to recreate:
> <http://homepage.mac.com/cynik/table-array.jpg>
> Pointers welcome!
> Cyril


Use the amsmath package and then

\[ \text{il}  \left. \text{\begin{tabular} {ccc}		
		est content \\ sera content \\ serait content
	\end{tabular}} \right\} \text{que vous soyez là} \]

might do what you want. You have got put text in a \text{} command  
when in a mathm environment. You must use a tabular environment when  
in text mode (inside the \text{} command.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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