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How to Use Tables

Before you begin working with tables, it is important to consider if a table is the appropriate format for your information. Tables are not to be used to organize the layout of a page; they are for organizing tabular data only. Following this guideline is important for accessibility reasons. An individual using a screen reading program will have a difficult time navigating and making sense of your page if you use tables incorrectly. See World Wide Web Consortium for more information on using tables in a manner that is accessible for all visitors to your site.

Creating a Table

1. Select the Insert Table button in the WYSIWYG editor.

Select the insert table function in the WYSIWYG editor

2. In the window that pops-up, you will notice two tabs, General and Advanced.

Insert table options
The General options include:

  • Cols: The number of columns to insert. The default number is 2, but it can be changed if you know how many columns the table should contain.
  • Rows: The number of rows to insert. The default number is 2, but it can be changed if you know how many rows the table should contain.
  • Cellpadding: The numeric value to indicate how much space should be created between the contents of a cell and the cell's borders. The space inside of a table cell.
  • Cellspacing: The numeric value to indicate how much space should be created between one cell and the cells around it. The space outside of a given cell.
  • Alignment: The table's placement on the page: left, right, center.
  • Border: The numeric value to indicate how thick the border of the table should be.
    • 0= invisible border
    • 1=thin, solid line
    • 2+=progressively thicker, solid line
  • Width: The width of the entire table on the page. If left blank, the table will default to 100% of the available space.
  • Height: The height of the entire table on the page. If left blank, the table will default to however much space is required by the amount of content in the table. If a height is specified, it is considered "absolute" and any data that extends past the height restriction will not be visible.
  • Class: Refers to the Cascading Style Sheet. Do not change this from its --Not Set-- default.
  • Table Caption: For accessibility reasons, please check this box and provide a caption of the table, which briefly explains the purpose of the table.

Advanced settings and options when inserting a table
The Advanced options include:

  • Id: Used when the table needs to be identified for programming or styling purposes.
  • Summary: For accessibility reasons, please complete this field. The summary is read by users with screen readers. The summary provides a brief description of the table.
  • Style: Used in conjunction with Cascading Style Sheets. Leave blank.
  • Language Code: Can be used to designate a spoken language. Leave blank.
  • Background Image: Allows you to insert a background image behind the cells of a table. Leave blank.
  • Frame: Do not change this from its --Not Set--  default.
  • Rules: Do not change this from its --Not Set-- default.
  • Language Direction: If a different language has been set up in the Language code section, it may be necessary to change the reading direction. Do not change from its --Not Set-- default unless adjustments in the Language code section require it.
  • Border Color: Sets the color of the table borders. Do not change.
  • Background Color: Sets the background color of the table/cells. Do not change.

3. Once the fields in the Insert/Modify Table dialogue box have been completed, click Insert to complete the step. The empty table will appear in the page, ready for data entry.

Edit a Table

1. Once a table has been created, you can begin working with the table. If changes need to be made to the entire table, right click on a cell inside the table. A menu will pop-up offering the following options:

edit table in cascade cms

  • Inserts a new table
  • Table Properties: This will open the Insert/Modify Table dialogue box explained in the Creating a Table section of this page.
  • Delete Table
  • Cell: Offers options for table cell properties, split merged table cells, and merge table cells
  • Row: Offers options for table row properties, insert row before, insert row after, delete row, cut table row, copy table row, paste table row before, and paste table row after.
  • Column: Offers options for insert column before, insert column after, and remove column.

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