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I'd like to create a layout like this (it's for a resume):

some text here                                            a little more 
big chunk of text blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah |
...blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah |
...blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah |
...blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah bla. |

So I figured a tabular would get me most of the way there. Here's what I'm using:

\begin{tabular}{l|p{3cm}}
    some text here & a little more \\
    \parbox{big chunk of text blah...} % because there's actually a list environment inside
\end{tabular}

but of course that produces this:

some text here                                            | a little more 
big chunk of text blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah |
...blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah |
...blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah |
...blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah bla. |
  • Is there a way to omit the vertical line (the column separator) in the first row?
  • Or, is there an entirely better way to pull this off? Simplicity is a plus.

The two goals are a fixed-width right column, and a vertical line in the empty lower-right cell.

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

You can omit the vertical separator in the first row by using \multicolumn{1} followed by another; e.g.,

\multicolumn{1}{l}{some text here}&\multicolumn{1}{p{3cm}}{a little more}

That will omit the vertical line separator, but will not align "a little more" with the vertical separator.

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Excellent. Any suggestions for aligning "a little more" with the vertical separator? –  Matt Ball Dec 1 '10 at 3:09
    
@Matt Ball: Other than adding some negative space "by hand", no, sorry. –  Arturo Magidin Dec 1 '10 at 3:11
    
No worries, I figured it would be something like \hspace{-5mm}. Thank you! –  Matt Ball Dec 1 '10 at 3:15

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