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This is my code to build a simple table.

\begin{table}
\small
\centering
\begin{tabular}{ l{3cm}|l|l|l}
....
\hline
\end{tabular}
\end{table}

But, I am getting the error Package array Error: Illegal pream-token (3cm):c' used.`

Any ideas on how to get around this?

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    l{3cm} isn't allowed because this columntype is not defined with a length. Either use p{3cm} or define a new columntype with the array package and \newcolumntype{L}[1]{\raggedleft\arraybackslash}p{#1}}. You can use L{3cm} then
    – user31729
    May 29, 2016 at 15:04
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    Use p{3cm}. l can have no length.
    – Bernard
    May 29, 2016 at 15:04

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Here's the way to do to it with array and \newcolumntype.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{array}


\newcolumntype{R}[1]{>{\raggedleft\arraybackslash}p{#1}}
\newcolumntype{L}[1]{>{\raggedright\arraybackslash}p{#1}}

\begin{document}
\begin{table}
  \small
  \centering
  \begin{tabular}{L{3cm}|l|l|R{5cm}}
    A & B & C & D \tabularnewline
    \hline
  \end{tabular}
\end{table}
\end{document}

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  • I kept the vertical lines on purpose. Of course, the table does not look well, but that wasn't the question
    – user31729
    May 29, 2016 at 17:21

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