# How to put extremely long text that spread over several pages in a table cell

To conform to the form of a company Word template, I have to put a very long text in a table cell. But I can not find a way not to overflow the bottom of a page. Is there a way in LaTeX that enables the long text in a table cell to spread over several pages? I have tried several tabular packages but none of them produces the required result. Even the xtab package does not do the job. Essentially I want the following code:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{xtab}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\begin{center}
\begin{xtabular}{|l|p{0.9\textwidth}|}
\hline
Lorem Ipsum & \lipsum[1-9]  \\
\hline
\end{xtabular}
\end{center}

\end{document}


to produce something similar to what you will get when put the long text in a table cell in a word processor like MS Word or LibreOffice Writer. The long text continues in a continued table in the next page.

• do not use a table setting for that, use a list \item[Lorem Ipsum] \lipsum[1-9] almost every table with a column spec of lp{..} is better set as a list. – David Carlisle Jan 22 '16 at 11:51

It is better to use a list here:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{enumitem}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\begin{description}[leftmargin=9em,labelwidth=9em,labelsep=0pt]

\item[Lorem Ips]\lipsum[1]
\item[Lorem Ipsum] \lipsum[1-9]

\end{description}

\end{document}

• Thanks for the answer, David. I do want to use list for that purpose. Problem is that the company MS Word template uses table, and we are required to conform to that strictly. – reflectionalist Jan 23 '16 at 10:50