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Add SQL script creation to tables

Now that we can finally use formatted tables in questions and answers, I suggest enhancing the feature to also optionally generate an SQL CREATE+INSERT script for each table in a question. We can use ...
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Is there a way to combine multiple columns in a table? [duplicate]

I would like to create a table that has some combined columns. Something like this: | title 1 | title 2 | title 3 | |:-------:|:-------:|:-------:| | info 1 & 2 | info 3 | | info 4 | ...
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Drawing a Checkbox In a Table For a Question

How can I put checkbox column in a table in a question? for example: car name Option1(checkbox - yes/no) a yes b no
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Pasting from Microsoft Excel defaults to pasting an image via the Uploader™ [duplicate]

I'm trying to make a markdown table in Microsoft Excel, I copied multiple rows then went to paste the text into a post, and I get this result: Whereas I'd have expected the table to have been pasted ...
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Markdown tables with unmatched backtick \` should either not show as a table in preview or show correctly after preview

I spotted a discrepancy between Markdown preview and posted questions. This discrepancy also holds for answers. When using unmatched backticks ` inside a table cell, like in following source: |header1|...
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Why has the parsing of the   in tables changed?

I am used to using the   HTML character to visually fill out the width and/or height of tables so they are used to their full potential: So that instead of this: I get this:                 ...
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Incomplete table Markdown causes preview to appear fine while it's broken when posted

A usual one line table has the below syntax: |this is one line table| |----| and render as: this is one line table If we omit the vertical lines: |this is one line table| ---- It is rendered the ...
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How can I properly embed a code block into a Markdown table cell? Alternatively, how can I insert newlines into a code block without using `Enter`?

I have the following fenced code block: ```<br>a = 1<br>b = 2<br>``` I would like to replace the <br>s with some other character ?, so that it acts like a newline, so that the ...
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Markdown tables render differently in preview and post [duplicate]

I recently made a Markdown table as part of an answer to a question on Biology.SE. Here's the text: ***R<sub>g</sub>* protein C (Å)**|***R<sub>g</sub>* protein D (Å)** -----|---...
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Some Markdown tables incorrectly omit an entire column in the rendered post, but display correctly in the preview

This is not a duplicate of the following posts: Markdown table preview does not detect missing blank line before table header - that question is reporting a different issue, a problem with tables ...
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Is it possible to not embolden table headers? [duplicate]

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,...
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Control width of table cell

I often use tables to improve posts with many and/or large images: it makes it easier for the reader to get an overview of a given situation, it effortlessly turns the images into links so their ...
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Table nested in a list item renders in preview, but not when saved [duplicate]

I have just edited this answer. My edit added markup like this: list item | a | b | |:--|:--| | 0 | 1 | | 2 | 3 | The above renders as a table in preview, but not when the answer is saved.
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Is there a way to make a table with many lines in a cell?

In this question, I want to make this table: Is there a way to make a table having many lines in a cell?
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Table immediately preceded by a bolded line does not render [duplicate]

I have just written an answer containing extensive quotes from the ECMA-262 specification. One of the elements quoted is a table. xyzzy |foo|bar| |:-|:-| |a|b| |c|d| The table displays correctly in ...
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Table Markdown content in a question breaks only when posted [duplicate]

A user on Puzzling.SE reported this apparent bug: This is what it looked like in the preview thing in the edit mode, Then, this is what it looked like in question. We already know that a broken ...
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Table markup shows incorrectly in preview [duplicate]

When previewing a table that does not have the necessary linefeed before it, the preview shows up as if the table will render properly, but the eventual table does not. |some|table| |-|-| |here is my|...
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Markdown Table Display Bug

I just noticed this answer that got bumped up recently on RPG SE. The editor was trying to replace a formerly MathJax-based table with one in Markdown, which is fine. But the table isn't working at ...
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Long/Large tables are challenging to edit in the traditional SE editor

While I suspect the "WYSIWYG" editor used in Teams might be helpful here (but Markdown mode there lacks a preview - which for the workflow of many... is sub optimal), currently where there's ...
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How can I use the pipe (|) symbol in a table?

I must use the pipe (|) symbol in a table cell. How can I do that? Is there an escape character for it? For example: |Code |Comment | |-----|----------| |a | b|Comment 1 | Table: Code Comment a b ...
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Edit the Formatting Help Page to include Markdown syntax for Tables

New Feature: Table Support has not yet been documented in the Formatting help page, as a result, many users across the SE network are still displaying tables with images, which are invisible to ...
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Markdown table preview does not detect missing blank line before table header

When I edited an answer to add a second markdown table, both the first and second tables rendered correctly in preview, but the second table does not render. I've waited about 10 minutes in case there ...
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Paste tables from spreadsheet software directly as new table format

When I copy the specific Excel cells and paste them into a Stack Exchange post, the data is automatically treated as an image. It would be great if it is pasted as the new table format. OS : Windows ...
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Is it acceptable to edit old posts to change ASCII-styled tables to the new table syntax?

Before the introduction of table support, there were various posts across the network that used ASCII-styled (or other similar) tables as a workaround. An example of this is this answer. Is it ...
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Detect attached images of data and direct user to insert as table instead

It feels like there is a plague of people posting screenshots of data in SO questions. Perhaps it would be possible to add a basic classification model to the image upload functionality that alerts ...
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How can I find my posts that use "old school" table format?

Now that the Table support feature Feature Preview: Table Support live, I would like to update my posts that still use the workarounds to show tables. Basically posts where I went nuts with dashes, ...
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Add 'Export as Markdown' option to SEDE

Now that Markdown tables are a thing, can we please have an option in the Stack Exchange Data Explorer to export the data in a format that's ready to paste in a Stack Exchange post? I mean, I can do ...
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New Feature: Table Support

Update: I've just enabled this feature network-wide. All sites across Stack Exchange are now able to use tables. Thanks for all the feedback. We'll keep monitoring this question and we'll continue to ...
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Tables are almost by-definition imperative on Stack Exchange, why are they still not available?

A while ago this year I answered the following question: What are the current dutch tax brackets? Valid question, accepted answer with some upvotes (we don't get massive numbers on expats.SE) - and ...
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Is support for Markdown tables on Stack Overflow planned? [duplicate]

I've found a question about tables asking if they are supported, and answers saying that it isn't, but there are suggestions about several different hacks. And even though the question is relatively ...
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Please fix that Table Overflow

This is how a Stack Exchange question looks like after adding table {border: 3px solid red;} (i.e. each element with red border is a table): There are definitely too many tables. Some of them ...
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How to make a table in the question? [duplicate]

I want to ask a question in mathematics, in which I want to add a table with some alpha numeric values. How can I do this? Can I enter an image in the text?
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Why is text disappearing from my answer? This doesn't happen when I disable javascript

Take a look at the answer here: music.stackexchange answer I use semi-ascii formated tables. They show up in editing mode. But they disappear shortly after 1 sec when the question page loads. When ...
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Why can't we use `table` markup in answers?

This question has been asked before and marked a duplicate of this one. Alas, that question's answers merely point out that we can't use tables in answers. Is there a reason why this is a feature ...
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Is it possible to add a grid or table in my profile?

Is it possible to add a grid or table in my profile? I want to make my profile look like the snap shot below. When I click on a logo, it'll navigate to a link.
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Why aren't tables in posts supported via markdown or as raw html? [duplicate]

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 ...
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How to make tables in good format in asking questions here (which is understandable by others)? [duplicate]

When we paste a table from a note pad or word or any other source its not coming in a good table format in this Stack Overflow question editor/text box space. My question is how do you make an ...
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Is it possible to make tables without markdown? [duplicate]

I wanted to edit this question replace the bulleted list with a table. The answers to other questions clearly indicate that this isn't supported by markdown. I tried to make an HTML table, but I ...
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Drawing tables while answering [duplicate]

I found table of this kind while surfing for some stuff on Stackoverflow ╔═════════╦═══════════╦══════════╗ ║ Col1 ║ col2 ║ col3 ║ ╠═════════╬═══════════╬══════════╣ ║ 1 ║ 3 ...
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How do I display data in a table structure? [duplicate]

I want to explain a MySQL table structure, and I used <dt> and <dl>. But I could see other posts having a neat table display of their examples How do I code a table-like structure in a ...
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Can we add Markdown support for tables?

This is similar to: Is there Markdown to create tables? and Please add support for tables in answers and questions, but is slightly different. The other questions are asking more of a why question, ...
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display tabular data [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Easier way to represent DB tables when asking DB questions How do I represent formatted tabular data in Stackoverflow ? Basically I need to show content of a table; options ...
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Table in Answers & Questions [duplicate]

I want to use a table in my answer. e.g |-------------|----------------| | ShortCut | Description | |-------------|----------------| I have posted an answer here, which requires this kind of ...
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Do you know any online tool that creates ASCII Tables for proper use on Stack Exchange? [closed]

There is one I know at http://www.sensefulsolutions.com/2010/10/format-text-as-table.html that takes a TAB delimited input and formats as Ascii Table. But do you know other such online tools, that ...
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Please make table previews match actual output

I just edited an answer of mine about a dozen times, because the result of my tables as shown in the preview, didn't match what was actually shown when posted. So I had to keep re-editing until it ...
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Is there Markdown to create tables? [duplicate]

It seems like a lot of people try to display tables in Stack Overflow questions, but don't do a very good job. Is there Markdown syntax that supports creating a proper table?
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Best way to include table (of data) in a question [duplicate]

I would like to ask a question on Stack Overflow which includes a table of data from a MySQL database. What is the best way to include a table of data in a question?
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Why can't table markup elements be used? [duplicate]

In What HTML tags are allowed on Stack Exchange sites?, Jeff explains which basic HTML elements are allowed. Near the end he states We do not and will not allow table tags -- sorry. This is ...
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Please add support for tables in answers and questions [duplicate]

I would like to use tables in answers and questions. Without such support, I find myself using ASCII art tables with the code-text tool, but that takes too long, and isn't really maintainable. This ...
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When and why did SO start using tables for layout?

I remember looking at some SO source markup months ago, and it was basically <div> heaven. The pure CSS zealots would've loved it. But today I look and see... <DIV id="question" class=""> ...
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