Is there any solution in LaTeX tables that implements similar functionality to MSWord's AutoFit?

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  • Could you be more specific about what AutoFit does? Adjusts the column widths---with what goal? Apr 28, 2011 at 13:02
  • MSWord is not clear about that. I would say the overall goal is to minimizes height of the table while maintaining its total width.
    – u17
    Apr 28, 2011 at 14:02
  • Ah, I see. This sounds almost like a linear programming problem! Apr 28, 2011 at 18:02

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Have a look at the tabulary package. Its description reads:

The package defines a tabular*-like tabulary environment, taking a ‘total width’ argument as well as the column specifications. It then defines column types L, C, R and J for variable width columns (\raggedright', \centering, \raggedleft, and normally justified). In contrast to tabularx's X columns, the width of each column is weighted according to the natural width of the widest cell in the column.

In my example, I also use the ragged2e package to allow for hyphenation within the table cells.






Definition and Validation of Dynamic Video Reframing based on & Definition and Validation of & Definition and Validation of Dynamic \\
Definition and Validation of Dynamic & Definition and Validation of & Definition and Validation of \\


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(Fixed a bug in an earlier version of this post that had a missing '\'.)

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    Note that tabulary doesn't have a fixed total width. The 'total width' argument acts as an upper limit on the width. Feb 27, 2021 at 10:07

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