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I have a questions about tables in ibles

I'm not even sure if this is where I should ask this, but seems a bit of a hodge podge of questions here so why not one more? I have seen a couple of ibles that had tables inbedded into the step-by-step.  I am wanting to do this, but can't figure out how.  Can someone help me out or  point me in the right direction? I am trying to write a better ible, and i think it would be helpful if certain things were tabled so they read clearly.  thanks in advance :)

canucksgirl2 years ago
Can you link to an example, so I know exactly what you mean?
barefootbohemian (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
I looked back through where I thought I had seen it, but couldn't find it. I did however find this table that had been inserted
http://www.instructables.com/id/GOOD-MORNING-Coffee-Kitchen-Soap/
You can create tables in MS Word (or OpenOffice with a Mac) and then when its done, copy the table, and then inside your instructable click on the "Paste From Word" Icon (inside the editor). It will bring up a window for you to paste (from your computer's clipboard).

It is also possible to make tables within your instructable, by clicking on the "source" button. However if you don't have any knowledge of coding, this method is not recommended.

I am fairly certain that all the examples you have seen, are pasted from another program like MS Word.
barefootbohemian (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
I had tried the copy/paste from Mac text editor and it didn't work. I would probably have to use an actual word processing program like the ones you mentioned. Thanks!
OpenOffice is an "open source" program (i.e. FREE) that works the same (if not better than MS Office). It includes a text editor (like Word), a Spreadsheet program (like Excel) and 4 others you might find handy...

You can download it from their website HERE. (Pick the first option shown in green).

I have already used it with the "Paste From Word" option in the ibles editor, and it works fine (with tables too).
barefootbohemian (author) 2 years ago
Ok, BOTH of you had great answers and I think I got it...
Here is the link if you want to see how it turned out.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Profiterole-au-Creme-Citron/

And now I can't chose who had the better answer, because it took both of you to get it through my thick head!!!
Give it to canucksgirl  as she working on first 100 Best Answer.
barefootbohemian (author)  iceng2 years ago
It was a coin toss ;)
Thanks, but I didn't mind the credit going to you... I'm not really keeping score since I wasn't accepted into the Answerers Group. So it kinda doesn't matter for me.
barefootbohemian (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
You should have been! Their loss.
It looks good (the table and the recipe).

Feel free to credit iceng, I don't mind.
iceng2 years ago
I went to view the page source you refer to highlighting
the "Good Morning" header text so you can see a straight script.
Some of the code points to Google and uses java.
You can view the script and figure how it is made by right clicking

View Page Source

After placing a table and adjust it to look good
tblSrc.png
barefootbohemian (author)  iceng2 years ago
Thank you!! That helped job my memory for how to set up a table using HTML!
That's true... but you'll also notice that the references to Google and javascript exist for all instructables. The table code itself is likely pasted in from Word or another program. I highly doubt the author (who is a "retired" woman) hand-coded the table. ;)
Also true :-)
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