# [pdftex] Tabular Output Wrong

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu Jan 17 00:17:41 CET 2002

>
> Hmmmm...
>
> I have installed LaTeX and pdflatex from the Mandrake 8.1 CD's and I
> have a setup similar to:
>
> \begin{tabular}[|c|l|}
> \hline
> 1 & blah & blah blah blah blah foo \\
> \hline
> \end{tabular}
>
> When I render this using latex -> dvi -> ps or pdflates, LaTeX refuses
> to wrap the words in the last column and chops at least some of the
> last column off.
>
> In the above example, I wouldn't see the "foo" at all...
>
> Any ideas what's happening here?

what's happening isn't at all clear.  the tabular you show wouldn't
compile at all, anyway (even allowing for square bracket rather than
brace, there are only two columns specified).

however, if you don't use a p column specifier, the tabular column
won't wrap.  perhaps the missing column specifier isn't p{width}?

lshort's a good intro: i recommend reading it.