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Is there a fast and efficient way to create a table with a vertical arrow like this?

A suitable reference or a snippet of LaTeX code would be much appreciated.

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@Martin Scharrer: thanks a lot for the tip. – TeXnician Jun 7 '12 at 10:06
I am not a TeXpert (yet) but have a feeling it should be possible using Tikz package, where you can reference the start and end of the arrow by points. Text out of table is no problem as you specify the boundaries between columns when you start the tabular environment. – Abhimanyu Arora Jun 7 '12 at 10:28
There is no ‘standard’ package, but I will suggest that you try the Tabu-package. Then you have a chance to have the vertical rules lining up with the horizontal even if you add some space between the table text and the table rules. – Sveinung Jun 7 '12 at 10:30
up vote 12 down vote accepted

Here's an outline answer using tabularx and tikz.

I apologise for (a) Not filling in all the text and (b) not tuning the horizontal fit and spacing.

Image of result

\node [text width=7cm] (tb) {%
    Extraordinary uncertainty
    & Fundamental Research\newline
      Fundamental invention\\
    \vstrut{2cm} & \\
    \vstrut{2cm} & \\
    \vstrut{2cm} & \\
    \vstrut{2cm} & \\
    \vstrut{2cm} & \\
} ;
\node [
    anchor=north west,
    right=of tb.55,
    text width=2cm] (br) {Basic\\Research};
\node [
    right=of tb.0,
    text width=2cm] (dv) {Development};
\node [
    anchor=south west,
    right=of tb.305,
    text width=2cm] (ar) {Applied\\Research};
\node [coordinate,right=of br.north east] (x1) {};
\node [coordinate,right=of ar.south east] (x2) {};
\draw [<->] (x1) to (x2);
\node [right=2cm of br,text width=2cm] {\bfseries\itshape Radical\\Innovation};
\node [right=2cm of ar,text width=2cm] {\bfseries\itshape Incremental\\Innovation};
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That's amazing. Thanks! – TeXnician Jun 7 '12 at 11:57
I hope that helps. TikZ is very good, but tends to be "wordy". – Brent.Longborough Jun 7 '12 at 12:00

It's possible to combine the multirow package and tikz. I think it's more easy to place the text like Title A and B. I use tikz only for the arrows.



 \begin{tabular}{ | l | l | p{5cm} |l l}
   Day & Max Temp & Summary &\multirow{2}{*}{Title A} &
    \multirow{2}{*}{\tikz[remember picture,overlay] \coordinate (a);\hspace*{2ex}\textbf{Top}} \\ 
   Monday & 22C & A clear day with lots of sunshine.  However, the strong breeze will bring down the temperatures.&  & \\ \cline{1-3}
   Tuesday & 19C & Cloudy with rain, across many northern regions. Clear spells across most of Scotland and Northern Ireland, but rain reaching the far northwest.& &\\ 
   Wednesday & 21C & Rain will still linger for the morning. Conditions will improve by early afternoon and continue throughout the evening.&
   \multirow{2}{*}[1em]{Title B} &  \multirow{2}{*}[-4em]{\tikz[remember picture,overlay] \coordinate (b);\hspace*{2ex}\textbf{Below}} \\
   \end{tabular} %
 \tikz[remember picture,overlay] \draw[<->] (a) --(b);

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Thank you for the answer. I will upvote as soon as I get enough rep points. – TeXnician Jun 7 '12 at 12:18
@TeXnician No problem for the upvote, I hope that this new approach is interesting for you or for other users. – Alain Matthes Jun 7 '12 at 12:29
@TeXnician: This answer is so much better than mine, in so many ways. I wouldn't be at all offended if you were to unaccept my answer and accept this one... – Brent.Longborough Jun 7 '12 at 17:09

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