# [XeTeX] Large brace in multiline table cell

John Was john.was at ntlworld.com
Sat Oct 12 17:06:43 CEST 2013

Hello

I would just give a \noalign{} variant in between the 3rd and 4th (or 1st
and 2nd) cells, but if that's not how you set up your tables, you could
always go to the line above the midpoint (the third and the first
respectively) and repeat the same command, except that it would be lowered
by half the \baselineskip (say 6pts if you are working in something like
10/12pt):

\rlap{\kern 3pt
$\smash{\lower 6pt \hbox{\left .\vbox to 30pt{}\right\}}}$}

John

-----Original Message-----
From: BPJ
Sent: Saturday, October 12, 2013 2:59 PM
To: XeTeX (Unicode-based TeX) discussion.
Subject: Re: [XeTeX] Large brace in multiline table cell

Thanks! A slight complication though: the other two braces which
I didn't include in my illustration enclose an even number of
lines/cells, six and two respectively.

/bpj

2013-10-12 15:20, John Was skrev:
> Hello
>
> I use plain XeTeX, and occasionally have to do something like
> this.  The coding should (I think) still be comprehensible to
> LaTeX, so you could try including something like this at the end
> of the first cell of line 3:
>
> \rlap{\kern 3pt
>            $\smash{\left .\vbox to 30pt{}\right\}}$}
>
>
> If '30pt' doesn't work (the brace is too large or too small), just
> fiddle with the amount till it's right:  it ought to be more or
> less correct if your five tabular lines take up 60pts of vertical
> space.   If the brace isn't the right distance from the text,
> alter '3pt' to what looks best. Remember to allow for the space
> occupied by the brace when you specify the right-hand part of the
> table, e.g. by  introducing an 12pt space or whatever looks best.
>
>
> John
>
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message----- From: BPJ
> Sent: Saturday, October 12, 2013 1:39 PM
> To: XeTeX (Unicode-based TeX) discussion.
> Subject: [XeTeX] Large brace in multiline table cell
>
> Can somebody help me on how to do the following with XeLaTeX,
> or, if this is not the right place to ask this, where I should
>
> I need to set a text (not math) table with two
> columns where the left column contains linebreaks
> and a 'stretchy' right brace along the right edge of the cell,
> i.e. like so:
>
>      line 1  \
>      line 2  |   General description of what
>      line 3  >   kind of things the lines
>      line 4  |   in the left cell represent
>      line 5  /
>
>      More such rows with different numbers of lines
>      in the left cell.
>
> I use LaTeX and XeLaTeX regularly, but am not used to math stuff,
> so I'm out of my depth here. It's important that the text of the
> cells is set in the same fonts as the rest of the text. I doubt
> that the braces are really needed for clarity, but it's in my
> source so I have to reproduce it.
>
>
>
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