# Making a LaTeX version of System Usability Scale table

I'm trying to create a LaTeX version of the System Usability Scale that rather faithfully reproduces the original. It roughly resembles a table, but is a rather specialized version of one.

My rather naive attempt where I lose the correct spacing

\documentclass[12pt,twoside,a4paper]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\usepackage{array}
\newcolumntype{L}[1]{>{\raggedright\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}}
\newcolumntype{C}[1]{>{\centering\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}}
\newcolumntype{R}[1]{>{\raggedleft\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}}

\pagestyle{plain}

\begin{document}
\begin{table}[]
\centering
\caption{My caption}
\label{my-label}
\begin{tabular}{L{0.5\textwidth}|C{0.1\textwidth}|C{0.1\textwidth}|C{0.1\textwidth}|C{0.1\textwidth}|C{0.1\textwidth}|}
\cline{2-6}
I think that I would like to use this system frequently                                   & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 \\ \cline{2-6}
I found the system unnecessarily complex                                                  & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 \\ \cline{2-6}
I thought the system was easy to use                                                      & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 \\ \cline{2-6}
I think that I would need the support of a technical person to be able to use this system & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 \\ \cline{2-6}
I found the various functions in this system were well integrated                         & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 \\ \cline{2-6}
I thought there was too much inconsistency in this system                                 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 \\ \cline{2-6}
I would imagine that most people would learn to use this system very quickly              & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 \\ \cline{2-6}
I found the system very cumbersome to use                                                 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 \\ \cline{2-6}
I felt very confident using the system                                                    & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 \\ \cline{2-6}
I needed to learn a lot of things before I could get going with this system               & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 \\ \cline{2-6}
\end{tabular}
\end{table}
\end{document}


I would like to know if achieving this style should be using 100% tables or if there is a trick to keep the right-hand rows wrapping the numbers? I'd like to avoid using images.

You could do something like the following, I suppose. It combines the enumerate environment with a tabular. (Below is an edited version, which contains the new command \printtblhdr, which is now used following a \section.)

\documentclass[12pt,twoside,a4paper]{article}
\usepackage[showframe]{geometry}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\setlist[enumerate,1]{labelindent=0pt, leftmargin=*}
\usepackage{array,tabularx}

\newcolumntype{P}{>{\centering\arraybackslash}p{0.75cm}}
\newcolumntype{L}{>{\raggedright\arraybackslash}m{0.2\textwidth}}
\newcolumntype{R}{>{\raggedleft\arraybackslash}m{0.2\textwidth}}

\newcommand{\printtblhdr}{%
\hfill
\begingroup
\setlength\tabcolsep{0pt}%
\begin{tabularx}{0.41\textwidth}{ @{} l *{3}X r @{} }
\multicolumn{2}{l}{\bfseries\shortstack[l]{Strongly\\ Disagree}}
&&
\multicolumn{2}{l}{\bfseries\shortstack[r]{Strongly\\ Agree}}
\\
\end{tabularx}
\endgroup
}

\newcommand{\usetbl}{%
\begin{tabular}{@{}|*5{P|}@{}}
\hline
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 \\
\hline
\end{tabular}
}

\newcommand\prop[1]{%
\item
\parbox[t]{0.5\textwidth}{#1}%
\parbox[t]{0.5\textwidth}{\usetbl}%
}

\begin{document}

\section{Your Views Are Important to Us}

\printtblhdr

\begin{enumerate}
\prop{I think that I would like to use this system frequently}

\prop{I found the system unnecessarily complex}

\prop{I thought the system was easy to use}

\prop{I think that I would need the support of a technical person to be able to use this system}

\prop{I found the various functions in this system were well integrated}

\prop{I thought there was too much inconsistency in this system}

\prop{I would imagine that most people would learn to use this system very quickly}

\prop{I found the system very cumbersome to use}

\prop{I felt very confident using the system}

\prop{I needed to learn a lot of things before I could get going with this system}

\end{enumerate}

\end{document}

• Wow. That is very nice. – Cameron Lowell Palmer Jun 12 '16 at 8:07
• If I put the questionnaire below a \section header it causes the header Strong disagree/agree to shift a bit to the left. Why is that? – Cameron Lowell Palmer Jun 12 '16 at 8:58
• @CameronLowellPalmer -- well, I think it's because the first version was a little lazy in its implementation. This is a little more rigorous. Hopefully, you find that it works better. – jon Jun 12 '16 at 17:51

A style with automatic numbering and automatic placing of a scaletable

\documentclass[12pt,twoside,a4paper]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\usepackage{array}

\newcounter{rowcntr}
\newcolumntype{L}[1]{>{\raggedright\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}p{#1}}
\newcolumntype{C}[1]{>{\centering\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}}
\newcolumntype{R}[1]{>{\raggedleft\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}}
\newcolumntype{N}[1]{>{\stepcounter{rowcntr}\therowcntr.}R{#1}}

\newcommand{\scaletable}{%
\begin{tabular}[t]{|*{5}{c|}}%
\hline
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 \tabularnewline
\hline
\end{tabular}
}

\pagestyle{plain}

\begin{document}
\begin{table}[]
\centering
\caption{My caption}
\label{my-label}
\begin{tabular}{N{1cm}L{0.6\textwidth}C{0.3\textwidth}}
\multicolumn{1}{l}{}  & &     \footnotesize \bfseries\parbox{0.14\textwidth}{Strongly\\ disagree}\parbox{0.14\textwidth}{\raggedleft Strongly agree} \tabularnewline
&I think that I would like to use this system frequently                                   & \scaletable \tabularnewline
&I found the system unnecessarily complex                                                  & \scaletable \tabularnewline
&I thought the system was easy to use                                                      & \scaletable \tabularnewline
&I think that I would need the support of a technical person to be able to use this system & \scaletable \tabularnewline
&I found the various functions in this system were well integrated                         & \scaletable \tabularnewline
&I thought there was too much inconsistency in this system                                 & \scaletable \tabularnewline
&I would imagine that most people would learn to use this system very quickly              & \scaletable \tabularnewline
&I found the system very cumbersome to use                                                 & \scaletable \tabularnewline
&I felt very confident using the system                                                    & \scaletable \tabularnewline
&I needed to learn a lot of things before I could get going with this system               & \scaletable \tabularnewline
\end{tabular}
\end{table}
\end{document}


You can define the whole tabular with numbers 1--5 and vertical and horizontal lines as a macro (nearly as in your example). Then it remains to define tabular as follows

\begin{tabular}{L{0.5\textwidth}@{\YourEarlierDefinedMacro}}


In this case @ defines element which appears in every verse.

• I like this macro idea although I must figure out how to create a table in a macro. – Cameron Lowell Palmer Jun 12 '16 at 8:03