I'm loving the new improvements, but in the process of testing Mansucripts with an old submission a few things occurred to me about layout and formatting of Tables.
- I'm sure this has been thought about but it could be useful to insert a table (e.g. created in Excel or Word) as you can with figures,
Yep, Excel import is planned. You can at the moment copy and paste from Excel (there are limitations for sure in that support, if you hit any issues please send us examples via firstname.lastname@example.org), but we don't parse the file format as a separate file.
- The 'footnotes' area of the table is organised into columns, i.e if you have six columns you have six footnote areas. However, quite frequently in a multi-columned table, there might be a single footnote extending across the width of the table included at the foot of the table. This perhaps is not a major issue: the new footnotes feature could be used to add a footnote to the table description, rather than in table itself. But I can imagine that there may be other situations in which the ability to add a row that is not segmented into columns could be useful.
Could you link to an example manuscript that presents this kind of a layout? I'm not 100% sure if I understand correctly, as I could interpret that either as a request for merging the footer of a table (which we do intend to do), or customising the footnote placement ( which I'm not 100% sure yet – we want to still gather some more feedback on this before committing to further extending the footnote placement options as it can become harder to correctly export them into the various supported output formats).
- At the moment the table contains a default shaded row for headers at the top of columns. But there may situations in which a multiple shaded 'header' rows are required - for example in a standard SWOT analysis, you'd have headers on two different rows: Strengths, Weaknesses above Opportunities, Threats: http://www.seocopywriting.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/SWOT-Matrix.jpg
Good point. This is a case we may handle indeed in the in-app table editor, though I can't promise 100% . As a general principle, we are unlikely to add a huge amount of variability to the in-app tables because then the simplicity and automated formatting we are able to apply becomes harder to retain in combination. Your feedback is totally valid though and we intend to address this case in the short term by supporting inserting pre-formatted tables into the app. For instance so you can create a table in Excel or Numbers, export that in PDF or other high-res form, and import that into your manuscript.
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