I have written a chapter with many tables (20+) that are all set to 'tbp' for bottom, top and page. There is also text around these tables.
The placement of most of the tables turned out to be on top of a page. But sometimes, Latex even puts two tables at the top and none at the bottom. This means I never get two tables with one at the top and one at the bottom, like you can see it often in books (Why? Is this considered bad design by Latex?). Sometimes I get one table at the bottom though.
I have read this: How to influence the position of float environments like figure and table in LaTeX? (very helpful), but now I am wondering if I should change some tables to 'tb' only, forcing them to be placed at the bottom. Some questions:
1) Anyone can explain me, why there are sometimes placed 2 tables at the top, the second below the first? - I'd like one there at maximum. 2) Can you recommend to make changes 'manually'? and related to that, 3) does that influence the whole document a lot?
I wanted to ask this before I stupidly try to experiment with my tables.