Table not formatting empty table columns

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27 Feb, 2018 11:17 PM

When I have tables without entries in the two leftmost columns, I have used ||| to space over to the third column.

Attached are screenshot example with MultiMarkdown Compuser formatting and the formatting performed on the same file in Marked2

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fletcher on 28 Feb, 2018 12:27 AM

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    Can you send the actual table text you are using to create the table?

    Did you leave empty space in the empty column(s)?


  2. 2 Posted by dgki on 28 Feb, 2018 01:59 PM

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    I did not include blanks. With Marked 2 if I include blanks it gives me different shades for each column, in this instance I want a single shade until the column with which I have data.

    Attached is what Computer and Marked 2 look like if I do include blanks.

    If you have any questions, please let me know.

    All the best,

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  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Fletcher on 28 Feb, 2018 04:08 PM

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    No -- I meant did you use a blank for the "skipped" column?

    For example:

    | foo | bar | bat |
    | --- | --- | --- |
    | one | two | three |
    | || three |
    | one | two | three |
    | | two | three |
    | one || three |

    (I tend to use tabs rather than spaces so that columns line up neatly,
    but it's the same thing).

    Your table starts with `||||`, which in reality should be `| space |||`,
    where the first `|` is the start of a table row, and the group of three
    pipes means to merge the next two columns. The space simply means that
    there is nothing in that cell, but it could just as easily have
    something in it.

    When you start a table row with `||||` it's ambiguous what the intent
    is, and MMD-6 treats it as the opening to a table row.


  4. 4 Posted by dgki on 28 Feb, 2018 07:28 PM

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    Got it, Thank you.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Fletcher on 28 Feb, 2018 07:29 PM

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    If that doesn't do the trick for you, let me know and I can help more.


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