# Tabular cell alignment

I feel like this is a noob question, but I've been busting my chops trying to find an answer to this.

I'm trying to create a table with two side by side paragraphs. They don't appear side by side when using a regular tabular. The problem can be worked around if I use \parbox, but occasionally I want to be able to use \mdframed on one side.

How do I get these two cells to line up?

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{array}
\usepackage{mdframed}

\begin{document}
\begin{tabular}{p{.4\textwidth} | p{.58\textwidth}}

Hello from the other side.\\
I must have called 100 times.\\

&

To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter. It clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore.
\end{tabular}

\begin{tabular}{l | l}

\parbox[t][][t]{.4\textwidth}{Hello from the other side.\\
I must have called 100 times.\\
}

&

\parbox[t][][t]{.58\textwidth}{
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter. It clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore.
}

\end{tabular}

\begin{tabular}{l | l}

\parbox[t][][t]{.4\textwidth}{Hello from the other side.\\
I must have called 100 times.\\
}

&

\parbox[t][][t]{.58\textwidth}{
\begin{mdframed}[linecolor=blue]
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter. It clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore.
\end{mdframed}
}

\end{tabular}

\end{document}


Thanks.

• one column uses b, the other p. Is that on purpose? – Johannes_B Jan 31 '16 at 15:34
• you have aligned the baseline of each cell of the first column with the top of the second, use p for both – David Carlisle Jan 31 '16 at 16:25
• You're both right. However, the output doesn't change even when both are p. I'm editing the question to reflect that. – wolf_math Jan 31 '16 at 17:23
• Repalace \\  with \newline or \par. – Salim Bou Jan 31 '16 at 18:37
• @salimbou That works unless I'm using mdframed – wolf_math Jan 31 '16 at 18:54

Most of your problems are answered in comments (see Johannes_B and salim bou), regarding mdframed you probably want, that text is aligned. This can be possible only in case, if you use mdframed on left side too but with white lines (that on white paper aren't visible):

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{array}
\usepackage{mdframed}

\begin{document}
\begin{tabular}{p{.4\textwidth} | p{.58\textwidth}}
Hello from the other side.\newline
I must have called 100 times.
&   To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter. It clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore.
\end{tabular}

\begin{tabular}{p{.4\textwidth} | p{.58\textwidth}}
\begin{mdframed}[linecolor=white]
Hello from the other side.\newline
I must have called 100 times.
\end{mdframed}
&   \begin{mdframed}[linecolor=blue]
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter. It clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore.
\end{mdframed}
\end{tabular}
\end{document}


To have less vertical space before and after mdframed` environment, you need redefine parameters accordingly.