# multicolumn in titlepage with titling package

I want to use the multicolumn command in the author environment, but it creates the error

incomplete }iffalse, all text was ignored after line x


\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,ngerman]{article}
\usepackage{titling}
\title{Bewerbung \"Okonom mit \"okonometrischen Kenntnissen}
\author{\multicolumn{2}{c}{Jon Doe} \\
Two words &  two words }
\begin{document}
\preauthor{\begin{center}
\large \begin{tabular}{ll}}
\postauthor{ \end{tabular} \end{center}}
\maketitle
\end{document}

• The most simplest solution: Do not use titling. – Johannes_B Sep 28 '15 at 16:53

Yes, you don't need titling. Just put the tabular inside the \author command:

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{article}
\title{Bewerbung \"Okonom mit \"okonometrischen Kenntnissen}
\author{%
\begin{tabular}{ll}
\multicolumn{2}{c}{Jon Doe} \\
Two words &  two words
\end{tabular}
}
\begin{document}
\maketitle
\end{document}


• Thx it works, but i am using titling and the command \setlength{\droptitle}{-2cm} to pull the title upward. Is there another way to do this ? – Max M Sep 29 '15 at 13:58

The standard title done by article or any other class is limited, as it provides a fixed output. A template if you will. Customizing a template is often more work than quickly putting the boxes on the page by ineself.

The following is the standard article title with your needs, easily customizable.

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{article}
\usepackage{showframe}
\begin{document}
\vspace*{-2.5cm}% JB: You wanted some extra negative space
\begin{center}%
{\LARGE Bewerbung \"Okonom mit \"okonometrischen Kenntnissen \par}%
\vspace{1.5em}%
{\large
\begin{tabular}{ll}
\multicolumn{2}{c}{Jon Doe} \\
Two words &  two words
\end{tabular}
\par}
\vspace{1em}%
{\large \today}%
\end{center}%
\par
\vspace{1.5em}
Economics don't need wombats.
\end{document}