# How to get rid of bold lines using supertabular and horizontal lines for each table cell?

I have defined a very large supertabular. Each table-row is separated by a horizontal line (\hline). The header of the table should be separated with two lines. On the first page everything is fine, as I want.

My problem is, that on the second page, where supertabular appears, the second line of the doubled line in header is bold, caused by the hline from table cell. Is there a way to collapse this line?

Here is a minimal example.

\documentclass[a4paper,headsepline,12pt]{scrreprt}

\usepackage{supertabular}

\begin{document}
\begin{center}
\textsc{C1} &
\textsc{C2} &
\textsc{C3} \\\hline\hline}
\textsc{C1} &
\textsc{C2} &
\textsc{C3} \\\hline\hline}
\tabletail{
\hline
\multicolumn{3}{|r|}{\small continues on next page}
\tablelasttail{\hline\hline}
\\
}
\bottomcaption{{very long tabular}}
\begin{supertabular}{|p{4cm}|p{7.8cm}|p{3.1cm}|}
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\end{supertabular}
%\caption{Kategorisierung von XÖV-Stereotypen und Kurzbeschreibung der Semantik der Modellelemente auf Basis von \cite[S. 27 - 55]{KoordinierungsstellefurITStandards(KoSIT).2012}}
%\label{table_xoev_stereotypes}

\end{center}
\end{document}

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This may be a moot point, but is it really necessary to have a horizontal line between each and every single row of the table? Personally, when I run your MWE without all those \hlines, I find it much easier to look at... –  Mico Jun 14 '12 at 11:39

I'd second @Mico and suggest you have a look at the booktabs manual; for a more well-known source you may also refer to the Chicago Manual of Style, which has similar suggestions.

If you don't mind losing the vertical rules (which both sources strongly recommend), here's a solution using booktabs. I think there should be a simpler solution placing only a single \hline in the header and the other one in the table body, but currently I couldn't figure it out.

Even though the CMS doesn't discourage double rules, you might want to consider replacing them by booktab's heavier \toprule and \bottomrule, respectively.

EDIT The supertabular+booktabs solution had flaws I initially hadn't noticed: it ran over pagination marks and for some reason didn't start on the first page. If there's no particular reason for using supertabular, longtable might be a better choice.

\documentclass[a4paper,headsepline,12pt]{scrreprt}

\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\usepackage{longtable}

\begin{document}

%print a table row
\newcommand{\row}{%
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\begin{longtable}{p{4cm}p{7.8cm}p{3.1cm}}
\caption{A Table}\\
\midrule
\textsc{C1} &
\textsc{C2} &
\textsc{C3} \\\midrule\midrule
\caption{A Table (continued)}\\
\midrule
\textsc{C1} &
\textsc{C2} &
\textsc{C3} \\\midrule\midrule
\midrule
\multicolumn{3}{r}{\small continues on next page}
\endfoot
\addlinespace[-\defaultaddspace]\midrule %don't even need any \addlinespace if the \midrule is added after the table body instead of as \endlastfoot.
\endlastfoot
\row{}
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\end{longtable}

\end{document}

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