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InDesign Tables

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


All the text replacement and formatting resulting from token replacement and Saras can be applied within InDesign table cells.

However, paragraph results and box results cannot be applied to InDesign tables.

InDesign tables are more like a mega text-blob with properties, than actual text boxes. This means that:

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

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

oThe maximum number of cells in an InDesign table, to allow token processing and SARAs, has been increased to 1000 (tables containing more than 1000 cells will be treated as static text).

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

oTables 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).


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


Topic 185720, last updated on 18-Aug-2021