[XeTeX] Making nice tables

Will Robertson wspr81 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 22 07:48:42 CET 2007

On Nov 22, 2007 4:50 PM, Mike Maxwell <maxwell at umiacs.umd.edu> wrote:
> Will Robertson wrote:
> > LaTeX
> > also doesn't agree with the idea of leaving gaping holes in the text;
> > you'll need to force them with \newpage if you want that.
> My problem is that the *tex code is created automatically from the
> DocBook source by the dblatex program, and I don't want to have to go in
> to fix things by hand.  (It needs to run in turnkey mode.)

Oh, I understand that, I was just (trying) explaining LaTeX's point of view.

> Hmm.  I tried changing all the \longtable to \xtab, but it chokes part
> way through with the error:
> ------------
> ! LaTeX Error: Environment xtab undefined.

LaTeX has found the package, but the usage is different than with
longtable. You'll have to read the xtab docs for the full explanation,
but I'm afraid if you don't have control over it in the DocBook->LaTeX
translation it will be a pain to do the alterations in syntax that the
other requires.

> Will do, but it's 1 AM here...maybe tomorrow.  Thanks for the help (and
> thanks to Ross Moore, who is apparently somewhere on the other side of
> the Earth from me; I'll look at his advice tomorrow, too).

He's just around the corner to me, relatively speaking :)
We're both in Australia, albeit it on orthogonal coasts.

Good luck :)


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