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Wanting to display information in a table is not that uncommon, particularly so for SQL questions on stackoverflow (SQL deals with tables of data).

There is support for tables in various markdown libraries, and it's pretty straightforward, so:

  1. Why can't we just support it? What's the big deal?
  2. If there is a good reason, why can't the <table> tag (and the various row/column tags) be allowed as raw html?

Related questions, but not duplicates IMHO because there doesn't seem to be a good reason put forward for "why not":

  • Reason. – animuson Jun 2 '14 at 1:03
  • @animuson ahhh crap :( thx. – Bohemian Jun 2 '14 at 1:05
  • Is it straightforward though? Or is that bias because you've tried and tried again with its arcane formatting? – random Jun 2 '14 at 1:23

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