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When creating a table, all headers seem to be emboldened by default:

Header 1 Header 2
Sample Sample

However, this isn't always desirable since tables can simply house data in a easy to read format, for example:

Animals that may bite...
Dog Cat Bird
Crocodile Lion Piranha
... ... ...

This puts emphasis on dog, cat and bird since they are the only values emboldened. The only way to prevent this, that I've found, is a work around, and it's not that pretty:

Animals that may bite...
Dog Cat Bird
Crocodile Lion Piranha
... ... ...

Notice the empty header values.


Is there a way, universal to Stack Exchange sites that would prevent the emboldening of table headers? If the answer is no, then can we get this as a feature?

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    Nope - meta.stackexchange.com/a/357093/284336
    – Catija
    Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 19:49
  • @Catija seems like it would be great to bring that comment over as an answer here placing emphasis on the statement "The official table extension specification requires a table header and we absolutely want to stick to a (de facto) standard and avoid rolling our own.", would you concur? Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 19:52
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    The proposed duplicate does not directly answer this question, though @Catija's linked comment is helpful. Future readers may not want to dig for that though, so answering with that here and linking to that question would probably be better than marking it as a duplicate, IMHO. Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 19:54
  • It looks like the th style comes directly from Stacks (so no per site deviations) and no support in Common Mark, so expect a couple of 6 to 8 weeks before any progress is made on this.
    – rene
    Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 19:55
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    @Tacoタコス keeping catija's comment here would suffice as a signpost to the applicable answer. This question is a dupe, so it should be closed as such.
    – Luuklag
    Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 19:55
  • @Luuklag very well, casting my vote since leaving this question around will likely help future readers find that answer faster. 😊 Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 19:56
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    You can't switch off bold but you can fiddle with pure html to make the bold less prominent, for example : <sup>no bold</sup> works in the preview (not tested f it sticks when actually posted). Not ideal but I like hacks.
    – rene
    Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 20:00
  • @Luuklag keeping information for the future as a comment that points to another comment? That does not seem to be the Stack Exchange way of doing things...
    – wimi
    Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 20:17
  • @wimi that depends on wether or not this post stays around, or gets cleaned up by roomba in the future.
    – Luuklag
    Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 20:19
  • @Luuklag if there's a possibility that this could be auto-deleted at a later date, then I'd disagree with marking it as a dupe and vote to reopen. I searched for about an hour before I posted. From my understanding, most other users won't search for that long. Having this title associated with the comment would definitely help prevent future dupes. Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 20:22
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    At the moment, this will not be automatically deleted, since the script that deletes unanswered closed questions after 9 days excludes questions closed as duplicates, and this question doesn't qualify for any other script (i.e. the one that deletes downvoted questions after 30 days, or the one that deletes zero-score questions after a year). Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 20:30
  • If you are creating a list of items, you should be using list formats anyway, not tables. There may be a sensible use case for non-header tables, but the examples here don't come close to sufficient.
    – Nij
    Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 21:13
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    @Nij don't think of my example as a list, but rather a collection. Take for example an answer with 100 words that need to be presented. In such a use-case, a table format representing a 10x10 grid of words would be more legible than a list of 100 words. Such a use-case is plausible for sites such as Puzzling.SE. Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 21:22
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    @Nij not necessarily; the Arqade occasionally sees questions asking for collections of entities within a specific game title (such as Pokémon); in such a case, external links can be given, but only if they already exist. For example, here is one such question that remains unanswered, that if answered, should probably provide a grid instead of a list due to the sheer number of possible entities. Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 23:41
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    @Nij hundreds, I concur; and, even for a hundred, I concur for the vast majority of SE, but there are sites where it's not considered too broad, and Puzzling.SE and Arqade are two of those, in rare cases. The point is, that a table without emboldened headers is useful, even if the use-cases vary. Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 23:55

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