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I have two tables side by side. I want to trick readers into seeing this as one table, by widening the toprule command.

In the MWE below I want to join the toprule of the cats table to the dogs table, and the same for the bottom rule and mid rules.

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This is a sneaky way of entering table data by order of column, rather than by rows.

The MWE is

\documentclass[10pt]{article}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\begin{document}
\begin{tabular}[t]{l}\toprule
cat\\
cat\\
cat\\
cat\\
cat\\
cat\\\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\begin{tabular}[t]{l}\toprule
dog\\
dog\\
dog\\
dog\\
dog\\
dog\\\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{document}
  • Isn't it just the space after \end{tabular} ? Add a % right after to remove the space – daleif Nov 29 '15 at 17:14
  • yes! but the other guy got the answer first. sorry! – Tim Nov 29 '15 at 17:16
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This is very simple to achieve ... just ad % between tables to prevent space between them:

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\documentclass[10pt]{article}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\begin{document}
\begin{tabular}[t]{l}\toprule
cat\\
cat\\
cat\\
cat\\
cat\\
cat\\\bottomrule
\end{tabular}%
\begin{tabular}[t]{l}\toprule
dog\\
dog\\
dog\\
dog\\
dog\\
dog\\\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{document}
  • yes perfect. I still don't understand the rules of %.......my bad. – Tim Nov 29 '15 at 17:16
  • 1
    The % make that \end{tabular} is continued without any spaces with begin{tabular} in the next editor line. The same result you obtain if you write ` ...\end{tabular}\begin{tabular} ...`. – Zarko Nov 29 '15 at 17:21
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You can simply wrap the tabulars inside a tabular. For example:

\documentclass[10pt]{article}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\begin{document}
\begin{tabular}{@{}c@{}c@{}}\toprule
  \begin{tabular}[t]{l}
    cat\\
    cat\\
    cat\\
    cat\\
    cat\\
    cat\\
  \end{tabular}
  &
  \begin{tabular}[t]{l}
    dog\\
    dog\\
    dog\\
    dog\\
    dog\\
    dog\\
  \end{tabular}\\
  \bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{document}

nested tables

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