Math Help - Large Tables

1. Large Tables

As I don't have any way to write an Adobe file, I'm currently constructing tables in LaTeX. The tables are larger than what the site allows for its maximum size. So I use more than one table.

But what happens is something like this:
$\begin{matrix} \text{Prefix} & \text{Abbreviation} & \text{Meaning} \\ \text{centi} & cm & 10^{-2} \end{matrix}$

You can see that everything is nicely centered below the header. But when I need to put a second command line in I get this:
$\begin{matrix} \text{Prefix} & \text{Abbreviation} & \text{Meaning} \\ \text{centi} & c & 10^{-2} \end{matrix}$
$\begin{matrix} \text{milli} & m & 10^{-3} \end{matrix}$
and the new text isn't centered under the old columns. (I have no reason to expect them to be.)

I have made a quick fix of this by inserting spaces in the array locations. But this doesn't always work. Is there another way of doing this? (The \begin{array} command works no better than the \begin{matrix} command. And I like how the matrix command line centers the text.)

Thanks!
-Dan

2. Originally Posted by topsquark
As I don't have any way to write an Adobe file, I'm currently constructing tables in LaTeX. The tables are larger than what the site allows for its maximum size. So I use more than one table.

But what happens is something like this:
$\begin{matrix} \text{Prefix} & \text{Abbreviation} & \text{Meaning} \\ \text{centi} & cm & 10^{-2} \end{matrix}$

You can see that everything is nicely centered below the header. But when I need to put a second command line in I get this:
$\begin{matrix} \text{Prefix} & \text{Abbreviation} & \text{Meaning} \\ \text{centi} & c & 10^{-2} \end{matrix}$
$\begin{matrix} \text{milli} & m & 10^{-3} \end{matrix}$
and the new text isn't centered under the old columns. (I have no reason to expect them to be.)

I have made a quick fix of this by inserting spaces in the array locations. But this doesn't always work. Is there another way of doing this? (The \begin{array} command works no better than the \begin{matrix} command. And I like how the matrix command line centers the text.)

Thanks!
-Dan

What is the target for this work MHF or a pdf? There are plenty of ways of constructing tables
for a pdf (a modern version of word will export stuff as pdf's, as will Open Office, as will a number
of free pdf printer drives)

RonL

3. Originally Posted by CaptainBlack
What is the target for this work MHF or a pdf? There are plenty of ways of constructing tables
for a pdf (a modern version of word will export stuff as pdf's, as will Open Office, as will a number
of free pdf printer drives)

RonL
For now I was just using the MHF latex, but I didn't know that Word would save as a pdf. I'll have to look into that.

-Dan

4. Originally Posted by CaptainBlack
What is the target for this work MHF or a pdf? There are plenty of ways of constructing tables
for a pdf (a modern version of word will export stuff as pdf's, as will Open Office, as will a number
of free pdf printer drives)

RonL
Thanks, CaptainBlack, I had not been aware of this possibility in Word until I read your post.

I discovered, however, that the ability to save in PDF format is not a standard feature of Word 2007: You must first download and install a free add-in from Microsoft. See

5. Originally Posted by awkward
Thanks, CaptainBlack, I had not been aware of this possibility in Word until I read your post.

I discovered, however, that the ability to save in PDF format is not a standard feature of Word 2007: You must first download and install a free add-in from Microsoft. See

Now I was under that it had been included as standard. Looking at the hits
from google, it looks like that was the intention but it has been stopped
for one reason or another.

(however it does not bother me as I have been using a pdf printer driver for
years, and have now abandonded MS Office altogether)

RonL

6. Put "latable" in google, it's a really useful software to make tables.

7. Originally Posted by CaptainBlack
Now I was under that it had been included as standard. Looking at the hits
from google, it looks like that was the intention but it has been stopped
for one reason or another.

(however it does not bother me as I have been using a pdf printer driver for
years, and have now abandonded MS Office altogether)

RonL
I went with "Primo PDF." It inserts a new "printer" in your printer menu that you can have the word (or other) file print to to make the pdf. It's quite easy, actually, and free.

Thanks for all the input!

-Dan