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How would I set two environments next to each other?

Lets say two tables.

I want to have something like this, where red is my page and blue one table and yellow the other. My scenario is that I have a chart on the left side (blue) and a legend on the right (yellow).

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With David's solution:

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Two tabular environments will go next to each other by default, you need to put a \par or other forced line break to stop that. Looks like you want them to align on the bottom so

big table
small table
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Hmm. Could you elaborate on the passed parameters 'lll' and 'll'? For some reason the environment I put in the bottom tabular(small table) is not on the bottom, but rather half of the environment is below the bottom line of the left environment. See my first posting. – cherrung Jun 20 '12 at 9:57
they are the standard tavular column alignments (for 3 left aligned columns and 2 left aligned columns) I just made that up as you did not include a MWE in your question. The [b] makes the baselines of the bottom rows of the two tables line up. Your smaller table clearly has something with the baseline in the middle, don't do that make it have the baseline at the bottom. But since you haven't said what it is I can't really guess. – David Carlisle Jun 20 '12 at 10:01
Sorry. Fixed it. I had an empty line between \end{tabular} and '\begin{tabular}`, which, for some reason, caused the right table to start on a new line. – cherrung Jun 20 '12 at 10:11
As I said in my original answer you need a paragraph separator (which is usually a blank line in TeX) to force tables to be on separate lines. Basically a tabular works just like a big letter. AB come next to each other A blank line B come in separate paragraphs. – David Carlisle Jun 20 '12 at 10:36

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