[texhax] difference between tabular and tabularx?

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Fri Apr 14 01:07:04 CEST 2006

Uwe Lück :

> At 22:19 13.04.06, you wrote:
>> Could someone explain the major differences between the tabular and
>> tabularx environments? I looked at the documentation for the memoir
>> class, but the examples and results seem so similar that I don't know
>> why I shouldn't just always use \tabular and \tabular*.
> I wouldn't have expected that the memoir documentation documents
> tabular, tabular*, tabularx -- the memoir class is just one extension
> of Standard LaTeX, tabular and tabular* belong to Standard LaTeX
> (extended by the array package -- see Standard manuals), and
> tabularx comes from another package with its own documentation.
> (Of course the memoir documention will just explain what it adds to
> LaTeX, not what Standard LaTeX and other packages do.)
> In the first edition of the LaTeX companion (of which I have a copy),
> there is indeed some subsection comparing tabularx and tabular*.
> Maybe as well in the actual second edition (which I have not seen
> yet)!?

the memoir manual actually shows the differences between tabular, tabular* 
and tabularx, see memman page 165-168 (and memoir includes the code needed 
for tabularx, it doesn't load the tabularx package)


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