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I want to draw a double cline in a table where the first column is multirow With double \hline I can draw a full double horizontal line but double \cline{i-j} seems to have the same effect with single \cline. Is there any other special command to do that?

Thank you

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AFAIK the \cline does not add vertical space by itself, therefore the two are just printed over each other. The booktabs package, which I can recommend greatly in general for all tables, defines therefore the \morecmidrules macro:

% \cline is now \cmidrule

However, the booktabs manual says that double lines are evil and should not be used at all....

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Thanks, good hint but now I have a different problem. The vertical lines-borders of the table are broken. Please see the image: img189.imageshack.us/img189/8383/brokentable.png – Vasilis Feb 3 '11 at 0:17
@Vasilis: Mmm, I can't tell how to fix that. All what I know is that vertical lines are also considered as evil by the booktabs manual ;-) My advice is to avoid them and most horizontal lines. Only do a \toprule on top and a \bottomrule at the bottom, plus a single \cmidrule where you wanted the double rule. This design is new to most people which know tables only from M$ Word, but believe me, it looks better! – Martin Scharrer Feb 3 '11 at 0:33
@Vasilis. As Martin says, the table you've linked to should not have vertical lines. – Joseph Wright Feb 3 '11 at 6:47
Indeed it looks better without vertical lines. – Vasilis Feb 3 '11 at 14:35

use package hhline, available with any TeX distribution:


 foo & bar & baz  \\\hhline{~=~}
 foo & bar & baz  \\\hhline{~~=} 


enter image description here

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Simple, and works great! But is there a way to let the vertical lines reach the additional hline? See this example: dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/78851488/Bild1.png I want the horizontal double line at the bottom to look like the vertical double line in the top part of the picture. – lukas.coenig May 24 at 12:07
read the manual of the package hhline. There is an example – Herbert May 24 at 17:58
Okay, thank you! – lukas.coenig May 24 at 21:35

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