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I have a table with two columns. The column on the left contains a picture (\epsfig) the column on the right contains the description.

The description starts on the same height as the lower end of the epsfig

I would like the description to start on the same height as the beginning of the epsfig.

How can I achieve this?

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people generally like a minimal working example. Post the minimal code necessary to illustrate your problem please! you will get a much more precise answer this way! – Mica Nov 26 '10 at 6:26
»epsfig« is obsolete and superseded by »graphicx«. – Thorsten Donig Nov 26 '10 at 8:42
I think a more descriptive title would be "Vertical alignment in the tables with pictures". So people can find the question in the future. – sastanin Nov 26 '10 at 9:20
I agree, but I am forced to use epsfig by the publishing company. This is as well the reason for net sending an example, since it is a "customized table environment". – ddeimeke Nov 26 '10 at 9:32
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This should work within a table. It aligns the picture and the text.


%raise the text and put it in a box
% raise the picture \rule{}{} is a dummy for \includegraphics...
& \raisebox{-\height}{\rule{4cm}{4cm}}\\\addlinespace

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Perfect, thank you! – ddeimeke Nov 26 '10 at 11:50

I use a custom \sidebyside macro to center (vertically) the text with respect to the figure on the left:

sidebyside in action

And the macro itself, to put in the preambula:


Details and mini-documentation are here. You can easily adjust the position by changing the first argument to \raisebox.

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Thanks to you as well, I need to use the customized table environment. – ddeimeke Nov 26 '10 at 9:35

Look in the TeX faq: http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=topgraph

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Thanks for the hint, but this unfortunately does not solve my problem. – ddeimeke Nov 26 '10 at 9:34

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