I would like to put a brace in front of some table rows. I found a similar question here and in an answer the use of the bigdelim package is suggested.

The problem is, it does not seem to work if a row contains a lot of text that is wrapped to multiple lines. Here is an example to illustrate the problem:



    \ldelim\{{3}{3mm}[a] & \ldelim\{{1}{3mm}[x] &
    &\ldelim\{{1}{3mm}[y] & More text\\
    &\ldelim\{{1}{3mm}[z] & More text

This produces the following: compiled example

What I would like is to let the brace x span over all of the lorem ipsum text and the brace a to span over all three table rows.

How can I achieve this (using \ldelim is not a strict requirement, but I like the syntax)?

EDIT: Note that the minipage I use to hold the text does not only need to contain text but also e.g. a tikzpicture or some small tabular (I'm not exactly sure yet…). So the minipages height does not need to be a multiple of the height of a line of text.

  • \ldelim has an option that tells how many lines it should span, and right now it is set to use 3 lines. Change it to 13 and add [t] option to the minipage and it should work. (\begin{minipage}[t]{0.8\textwidth}). But I don't think a minipage solution is the right thing for you. Can you include your own case here?
    – percusse
    Jun 1, 2013 at 7:52
  • @percusse Thanks! The documentation describes the option as "…extends over the n rows…", so I didn't think about setting it to a higher number than I have rows in the table. See my edit to the question for why your solution does not work and why I would like to use the minipage. Any other ideas?
    – siegi
    Jun 1, 2013 at 8:15
  • You can look at Gonzalo's solution from the same question too.
    – percusse
    Jun 1, 2013 at 8:17
  • @percusse Thanks again! If possible I'd like to avoid specifying the braces height, it should always be "as tall as needed". But I think I'll give Herberts answer a try (even if the syntax is a bit awkward, in my opinion), if no other solution pops up…
    – siegi
    Jun 1, 2013 at 8:30

1 Answer 1


You can get most of this effect by using the \left and \right commands from mathmode. It's not a great solution though, as the horizontal alignment is not great. Then again, you might be able to just tweak it manually.


  $a \left\{\begin{array}{l}
    x \left\{\begin{minipage}{0.8\textwidth} \blindtext \end{minipage}\right.
    y\left\{\mbox{More text}\right.
    z\left\{\mbox{More text}\right.

enter image description here

  • Thanks, this works and does what I want, even though the syntax is a bit awkward in my opinion… :-P I'll accept this answer, if nothing else shows up ;-)
    – siegi
    Jun 1, 2013 at 10:34

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