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InDesign Tables

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InDesign tables behave as a set of independent textboxes (they are not linked together).


In comparison, QuarkXPress tables are just a set of individual textboxes grouped together, but with no other global structure.


All the text replacement and formatting resulting from token replacement and Saras can be applied within InDesign table cells. This makes InDesign table ideal for minicalendars (as shown on the right).




Paragraph results and box results cannot be applied to InDesign tables.


Generally, InDesign tables are more like a mega text-blob with properties, than actual text boxes.


This means that:


Tables must be placed in a textbox, in a manner similar to the insertion of anchored boxes.

Only 1 table may be placed in each textbox (placing more than one table in a textbox will cause the scanning messages 185680 and 185890).

The maximum number of cells in an InDesign table, to allow token processing and SARAs, is 1000. Tables containing more than 1000 cells will be treated as static text (tokens located in such tables will not be processed, and saras will ignore any text in these tables).

The default behavior of cells is to grow in height to accommodate its text contents.

Tables will expand independently of their containing textbox, meaning that any excessive text will cause table rows to increase and the text overflow will occur in the containing textbox.

InDesign table cells are limited to text for the moment; no image may be displayed in table cells (this is an InDesign limitation).


Topic 185720, last updated on 27-Jun-2022