# Longtable in two pages

I have a table over two pages. Every question of my table is separated with \miderule. However one question is quite long. I want this to span over two pages but because I structured it with midrule it shows up on the next page. Is there any way to fix this.

\begin{longtable}[l]{p{.21\textwidth} p{.74\textwidth}}
\toprule
\textbf{Topic}                                                                                                          & \textbf{Question}
\\

\midrule
Introduction
\\
\midrule
Background information &
Q1. This is a question
\\

\midrule
Design &
Q1. This is a question
\newline  Q2. This is a question
\\
\midrule
Prototype &
Q3. This is a question
\newline a. Type
\newline b. Type
\newline c. Type
\newline d. Type
\newline e. Type
\newline f. Type**


If for instance I want to put c,d,e,f on a new page it doesn't work. Q3 is simply but on a new page fully and doesn't span over two pages.

• Welcome to TeX.SX! You can't split a cell inside an alignment across two pages. – egreg Jun 26 '14 at 13:41
• Thank you, but how? Now Question 4 just begins on a new page. – Dan Jun 26 '14 at 13:42
• That's what I said: you can't split a cell across two pages. Do \\ where it's necessary and continue in another row. – egreg Jun 26 '14 at 13:42
• @Dan Please make your example compilable. We can help you better then. A hint: just do a new cell without a midrule and write your content-for-the-second-page in there. – LaRiFaRi Jun 26 '14 at 13:47
• Almost certainly this would be better set as a list rather than a longtable, then page breaking would occur naturally within entries – David Carlisle Jun 26 '14 at 14:55

A cell can not be distributed over two pages. Therefore, you will have to split this manually by putting the next-page-content into a new cell. Without a new \midrule, this will not differ from what you have desired.

The \newpage in my MWE can be removed. It's just for demonstration purpose.

% arara: pdflatex

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{longtable,booktabs}

\begin{document}
\null % can be removed
\vfill % can be removed
\begin{longtable}[l]{p{.21\textwidth} p{.74\textwidth}}
\toprule
\textbf{Topic} & \textbf{Question}\\
\midrule
Introduction & \\
\midrule
Background information & Q1. This is a question\\
\midrule
Design & Q1. This is a question\newline
Q2. This is a question\\
\midrule
Prototype & Q3. This is a question
\newline a. Type
\newline b. Type
\newline c. Type
\newline d. Type
\newline e. Type
\newline f. Type**\\
\newpage % can be removed
& g. Type\newline
h. Type\\
\bottomrule
\end{longtable}
\end{document}