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enter image description hereUsing Latex to try to reproduce the multi-column table with rotation and wrapping of text in the example shown above. It is columns 2 and 3 of the attached image that is giving me the problems.

I've tried a variety things like \begin{rotate}{90} stuff \end{90} with no luck.

I've also tried to \begin{sideways} stuff \end{sideways} with no luck.

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    What about: \usepackage{graphicx} \newcommand{\rotatecol}[1]{\makebox[1em][l]{\rotatebox{90}{#1}}}; then in your table: \rotatecol{Same Research Area} and \rotatecol{Support Status}, etc. (Sometimes I like to use an angle of 60 degrees for things like these.) Also: the 1em will not be enough if your rotated columns need two lines of text.
    – jon
    Mar 15, 2013 at 3:45
  • Wait: 60 degree angle would be very bad if the other columns are not rotated! (It is obviously too late for me to be suggesting anything to anyone....)
    – jon
    Mar 15, 2013 at 4:02
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    Thanks Jon, that only partially works. It is the two lines that make it tricky. I have almost got it with \newcolumntype{P}[2]{% >{\begin{turn}{#1}\begin{minipage}{#2}\small\raggedright\hspace{0pt}}l% <{\end{minipage}\end{turn}}% } then by doing \multicolumn{1}{P{90}{4.0cm}@{}}{ \textbf{ Same Research Area} (Yes/No) } but it "covers" up the vertical lines which is no good :( Mar 15, 2013 at 4:50

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It might be easier than you think, but it's hard to say since I don't really know the contents of the table. Anyway, this is a little different from my ad hoc comment, but the principle is the same:

\documentclass[landscape]{article}

\usepackage{graphicx,booktabs,longtable}
\newcommand{\sameresearch}{%
  \rotatebox[origin = r]{90}{\parbox[c]{3.5cm}{\hfill\bfs{Same Research Area}\\ \null\hfill (Yes/No)}}}%
\newcommand{\supportstatus}{%
  \rotatebox[origin = r]{90}{\parbox[c]{4cm}{\hfill\bfs{Support Status}\\ (Requested/Current/Past)}}}%

\newcommand{\bfs}[1]{\textsf{\textbf{#1}}}%

\begin{document}

\begin{longtable}{%
    @{}p{4cm} | p{1cm} | p{1cm} | p{3cm} |
    p{1cm} | p{1cm} | p{1cm} | p{1cm} | p{1cm}}
  \toprule
  \bfs{Description}\par
  (all named investigators on any Proposal or grant/ project/
  fellowship in which a participant is/was involved, project title,
  source of support, scheme and round) &
  \sameresearch &
  \supportstatus &
  \bfs{Proposal/Project ID} (if applicable) &
  \bfs{2012} (\$'000) &
  \bfs{2013} (\$'000) &
  \bfs{2014} (\$'000) &
  \bfs{2015} (\$'000) &
  \bfs{2016} (\$'000) \\
  \midrule

  &&&&&&&&\\
  &&&&&&&&\\

  \bottomrule
\end{longtable}

\end{document}

I should probably mention that the author of booktabs, and much of the TeX world, will tell you to avoid vertical rules like the plague. I would add in a much softer tone that it is bad (English) style to write 'grant/ project/ fellowship': the slash should not have space on one of its sides, though it may take a space on both of its sides if one or more of the 'halves' is more than one words long --- e.g., some might think it 'bad / not correct' practice.

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  • Thank you so much! You can thank the Australian Government for all these vertical rules and bad English/style. I only have to reproduce it for a grant :-) thanks again. Mar 15, 2013 at 5:59
  • @user2172065 -- Yeah, well that's often how it goes: large institutions favour vertical lines in tables. I guess there are weirder things in life. Glad it worked out though!
    – jon
    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:53

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