# Auto-fit table column widths based on content

Is there any solution in LaTeX tables that implements similar functionality to MSWord's AutoFit?

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Could you be more specific about what AutoFit does? Adjusts the column widths---with what goal? –  Matthew Leingang Apr 28 '11 at 13:02
MSWord is not clear about that. I would say the overall goal is to minimizes height of the table while maintaining its total width. –  Frank Seifert Apr 28 '11 at 14:02
Ah, I see. This sounds almost like a linear programming problem! –  Matthew Leingang Apr 28 '11 at 18:02

Have a look at the tabulary package. Its description reads:

The package defines a tabular*-like tabulary environment, taking a ‘total width’ argument as well as the column specifications. It then defines column types L, C, R and J for variable width columns (\raggedright', \centering, \raggedleft, and normally justified). In contrast to tabularx's X columns, the width of each column is weighted according to the natural width of the widest cell in the column.

In my example, I also use the ragged2e package to allow for hyphenation within the table cells.

\documentclass{article}

\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.5}

\usepackage{tabulary}

\usepackage[newcommands]{ragged2e}

\begin{document}

\begin{tabulary}{0.8\textwidth}{LLL}
Definition and Validation of Dynamic Video Reframing based on & Definition and Validation of & Definition and Validation of Dynamic \    Definition and Validation of Dynamic & Definition and Validation of & Definition and Validation of
\end{tabulary}

\end{document}


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