# placing two table environments side by side (not one table separated by tabulars)

I have 10 tables in 5 rows (two in each row) in a single column environment. I have used a syntax like:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{booktabs}

\begin{document}

\begin{table}
\begin{minipage}{.48\linewidth}
\caption{Set \#1}
\label{ds1}
\begin{tabular}{@{}lc@{}} \toprule
\textbf{Name}&\textbf{count}\\ \midrule
row1 & 750\\
row2 & 350\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{minipage}
\begin{minipage}{.48\linewidth}
\caption{Set \#2}
\label{ds2}
\begin{tabular}{@{}lc@{}} \toprule
\textbf{Name}&\textbf{count}\\ \midrule
row1 & 499\\
row2 & 699\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{minipage}
\end{table}
\end{document}


But now the publisher is asking me to not to use multiple tabulars in a table, rather use separate table environments.

I still want to have two columns of tables because the tables are really small. Is there a way to make columns of tables with different table environments (rather than multiple tabulars in a table)?

I tried putting each minipage in a different table environment but that puts the second table below the first one.

• Two such simple tabulars show up next to each other in a row even without this minipage setup.
– user31729
Aug 12 '16 at 18:41
• @ChristianHupfer : I do still need to somehow put those tabulars inside separate tables, i can remove minipages if that helps. Aug 12 '16 at 18:46
• The problem is still the dreadful floating here. I am not sure that table environments are the correct usage here!
– user31729
Aug 12 '16 at 18:49
• But that's what the publisher is asking for, If I understand you correctly. What would you use instead? Aug 12 '16 at 18:51
• you can not have two table environments side by side in a one column document, but surely the publisher should only be concerned with the typeset result? what's the difference between tow \caption in a single table which you have, and what they are asking for? Aug 12 '16 at 18:54

If you have to you could do this (note the order is down the column not across the rows

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\makeatletter
\setlength\@fpsep{55\p@ \@plus 2fil}

\begin{document}

\twocolumn

\begin{table}
\caption{Set \#1}
\label{ds1}
\begin{tabular}{@{}lc@{}} \toprule
\textbf{Name}&\textbf{count}\\ \midrule
row1 & 750\\
row2 & 350\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{table}
\begin{table}

\caption{Set \#2}
\label{ds2}
\begin{tabular}{@{}lc@{}} \toprule
\textbf{Name}&\textbf{count}\\ \midrule
row1 & 499\\
row2 & 699\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{table}
\begin{table}
\caption{Set \#3}
\label{ds3}
\begin{tabular}{@{}lc@{}} \toprule
\textbf{Name}&\textbf{count}\\ \midrule
row1 & 750\\
row2 & 350\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{table}
\begin{table}

\caption{Set \#4}
\label{ds4}
\begin{tabular}{@{}lc@{}} \toprule
\textbf{Name}&\textbf{count}\\ \midrule
row1 & 499\\
row2 & 699\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{table}

\begin{table}
\caption{Set \#5}
\label{dss1}
\begin{tabular}{@{}lc@{}} \toprule
\textbf{Name}&\textbf{count}\\ \midrule
row1 & 750\\
row2 & 350\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{table}
\begin{table}

\caption{Set \#6}
\label{dss2}
\begin{tabular}{@{}lc@{}} \toprule
\textbf{Name}&\textbf{count}\\ \midrule
row1 & 499\\
row2 & 699\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{table}
\begin{table}
\caption{Set \#7}
\label{dss3}
\begin{tabular}{@{}lc@{}} \toprule
\textbf{Name}&\textbf{count}\\ \midrule
row1 & 750\\
row2 & 350\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{table}
\begin{table}

\caption{Set \#8}
\label{dss4}
\begin{tabular}{@{}lc@{}} \toprule
\textbf{Name}&\textbf{count}\\ \midrule
row1 & 499\\
row2 & 699\\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\end{table}

\onecolumn
\end{document}


How about using the \captionof{table}{captionText} inside a minipage?

Output

Code

\documentclass[11pt]{article}
\usepackage{caption}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\begin{document}

\lipsum[1-2]

\vspace{\intextsep}
\begin{minipage}{.45\textwidth}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{lll}
\toprule
Foo & Baz& Bar \\
\midrule
A & B & C \\
1 & 2 & 3 \\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\captionof{table}{Table of Foo}
\end{minipage}%
\begin{minipage}{.45\textwidth}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{lll}
\toprule
Foo & Baz& Bar \\
\midrule
A & B & C \\
1 & 2 & 3 \\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\captionof{table}{Table of Baz}
\end{minipage}%
\vspace{\intextsep}

\lipsum[1-2]
\end{document}

• It works, but I'm not sure if it's acceptable, it's still using two tabulars (without a table of course). Again, I'm not very familiar with the typesetting of the papers. Aug 12 '16 at 19:05