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Tables are always useful if you want to share content in lists and improve the way how it is displayed. For each row you can list the related information instead of posting each information in a new line. That will help to keep your post short and clear instead of a long list.

Comparison:


Normal Formatting style:

Cryptocurrency: Bitcoin
Ticker: BTC
Price: $10,900
Circulating supply: 17,700,000 BTC
Marketcap: $193,000,000,000
Mineable?: yes

Cryptocurrency: Ethereum
Ticker: ETH
Price: $310
Circulating supply: 106,600,000 ETH
Marketcap: $33,000,000,000
Mineable?: yes



Table:

CryptocurrencyTickerPrice (in $)Circulating supplyMarketcap (in $)mineable?
___________________________________________________________________________________________
BitcoinBTC10,90017,700,000 BTC193,000,000,000yes
EthereumETH310106,600,000 ETH33,000,000,000yes








Some good table layouts


Formatting tables can be a little bit tricky sometimes, here are some of my preferred layouts to keep the table clear and easy to read:





1. Using ___ for your table layout


xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
______________________________________________________________________________________________________
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Code:
[table]
[tr]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]_________________[/td]
[td]_________________[/td]
[td]_________________[/td]
[td]_________________[/td]
[td]_________________[/td]
[td]_________________[/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]xxx[/td]
[td]xxx[/td]
[td]xxx[/td]
[td]xxx[/td]
[td]xxx[/td]
[td]xxx[/td]
[/tr]
[/table]

The _____ will guarantee that your table has enough space between columns. If you want to have more / less space between your columns just add a few _


If you don't add them your table will look like that:  

CryptocurrencyTickerPrice (in $)Circulating supplyMarketcap (in $)mineable?
BitcoinBTC10,90017,700,000 BTC193,000,000,000yes
EthereumETH310106,600,000 ETH33,000,000,000yes
(not very nice in my opinion)


You can add as much other columns to the table by just adding 1x
Code:
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td]

to the header of the table and
Code:
[td]xxx[/td]
to the content of the table. And don't forget to add
Code:
[td]__________________[/td]
if you've added a new column.





2. Using | for your table layout


You can also use | for your table layout:

xxx|xxx|xxx|xxx|xxx|xxx|
xxx|xxx|xxx|xxx|xxx|xxx|

Code:
[table]
[tr]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td] [td]|[/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td] [td]|[/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td] [td]|[/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td] [td]|[/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td] [td]|[/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td] [td]|[/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]xxx[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]xxx[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]xxx[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]xxx[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]xxx[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]xxx[/td] [td]|[/td]
[/tr]
[/table]





3. Using ___ and | for your table layout


Of course, you can also use both:

xxx|xxx|xxx|xxx|xxx|xxx|
_________________|_________________|_________________|_________________|_________________|_________________|
xxx|xxx|xxx|xxx|xxx|xxx|


Code:
[table]
[tr]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td] [td]|[/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td] [td]|[/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td] [td]|[/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td] [td]|[/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td] [td]|[/td]
[td][b]xxx[/b][/td] [td]|[/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]_________________[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]_________________[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]_________________[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]_________________[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]_________________[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]_________________[/td] [td]|[/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]xxx[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]xxx[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]xxx[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]xxx[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]xxx[/td] [td]|[/td]
[td]xxx[/td] [td]|[/td]
[/tr]
[/table]






It's possible to combine different variants how you like it.
If you have other suggestions you can post it here and I'll create a little collection of useful table formatting styles.

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I got the idea, table is able to display content to wide direction, so it will utilize wide side rather than bottom side which is less effective and less efficient.
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June 26, 2019, 05:12:18 PM
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You were very patient making this guide.

I tried to use table in some of my posts, and I was able to use in a few of them.
But it takes too long to get it perfectly done, because any small problem will break the table completely.

Table creating should be much easier, i hope they make it better in the new forum software. I havent tried the beta so far

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I tried to use table in some of my posts, and I was able to use in a few of them.
But it takes too long to get it perfectly done, because any small problem will break the table completely.
Well said, table formatting is not easy at all.

I tried a version where I used spaces instead of _ but it didn't work because if I use more than 2 words in a column, the table is splitting it in a new row, something like that:

abcdefghijkabcdefghijk
                                                   
abcdef ghijklmnopabcdef ghijklmnop


Code:
[table]
[tr]
[td][b]abcdefghijk[/b][/td]
[td][b]abcdefghijk[/b][/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]                          [/td]
[td]                          [/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]abcdef ghijklmnop[/td]
[td]abcdef ghijklmnop[/td]
[/tr]
[/table]




Doesn't work and I needed quite a time to fix it using a bunch of ____
Sometimes it helps to quote existing tables and have a look how other people are formatting them.  Tongue

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June 26, 2019, 10:57:39 PM
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If you have enough spaces then the table won't be look like what you wanted or the column doesn't have space to separate the each colum in your table exactly like the table you have used as an example which in my opinion it doesn't look neatly created. We don't have choice though but to use more spaces to separate the columns so that the columns won't almost be in the same place as the other one.

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If you have enough spaces then the table won't be look like what you wanted or the column doesn't have space to separate the each colum in your table exactly like the table you have used as an example which in my opinion it doesn't look neatly created. We don't have choice though but to use more spaces to separate the columns so that the columns won't almost be in the same place as the other one.
That wouldn't make a difference to use more spaces:

abcdefghijkabcdefghijk
                                                                                                                           
abcdef ghijklmnopabcdef ghijklmnop
Code:

[table]
[tr]
[td][b]abcdefghijk[/b][/td]
[td][b]abcdefghijk[/b][/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]                                                              [/td]
[td]                                                              [/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
[td]abcdef ghijklmnop[/td]
[td]abcdef ghijklmnop[/td]
[/tr]
[/table]

BBCode is still splitting the text in a new row because spaces result in a new line, whenever they are used. I don't know if there's a way to prevent it.

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July 02, 2019, 03:39:26 PM
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I tried your given formats, and personally I like the first table template, rather than the second one with
Code:
[td]|[/td]
The second one looks a bit messy when I adding contents and editing. Maybe it is my personal favorite or because I am not familiar with that format.




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July 02, 2019, 04:14:11 PM
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I tried your given formats, and personally I like the first table template, rather than the second one with
Same here, the second one has also the disadvantage that several words per line will be splitted into two lines (if more than 2 words are used in the content and the line is longer than the headline):

xxxxx xxxxxxxx|xxx xxxxxxxx|xxxxxxxx xxxx|
xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx|xxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx|xxxxx   xxxxxxxxxxx|

This layout is used here, for example: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=615953.0

So, it's still possible that the layout is looking good, but it's important which content should be posted there. After all, I prefer the first solution, too  Smiley

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