While I get the concept that LaTeX is different from WYSIWYG editors, formatting tables seems to be a rather complex process in LaTeX (especially for a newbie).
I am thinking of the following basic capabilities which the user changes most often while building a table (feel free to add more capabilities):
- Tweak overall width of table (with automatic word-wrap, if necessary); tweak column-width (with respect to total table width, rather than absolute size); same for rows.
- Specify horizontal and vertical alignment and justification of text in a cell or multi-cell; Decimal point alignment;
- Allow formatting of content in each cell
- Allow spreadsheet kind of behaviour (i.e., use of formula) for some columns of the table
What are some good table templates or GUI's that help generate a table quickly and easily? Essentially, I am not talking about helping with the visual-style of the entire table (which would be a bonus), but rather with the easy customization of row/column sizes and cell content as per the users needs.