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Using Tables in the Lottery Post Editor

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Posted: June 17, 2005, 6:11 pm - IP Logged

I am digging this out of a thread in the Pick 3 forum, so that it doesn't get lost.  (I don't think even the participants in that thread noticed!)  There is some good info in there that can benefit people who want to learn about cool ways to use the features in the LP editor.

First, here's the post that started it:


Here are the results for 6/16:

 

 0822.2%608 705 102 690 420 803 704 041
 1719.4%159 731 102 169 618 517 041
 2925.0%279 284 572 526 283 792 102 420 429
 31027.8%365 693 397 853 283 731 493 803 538 735
 41130.6%684 284 493 420 704 948 469 496 467 429 041
 51233.3%578 365 572 957 159 853 526 705 597 517 538 735
 61233.3%684 608 365 693 526 690 169 618 967 469 496 467
 71438.9%578 279 397 572 957 705 731 597 792 967 517 704 735 467
 81027.8%684 608 578 284 853 283 618 803 948 538
 91541.7%279 693 397 957 159 597 792 493 690 169 967 948 469 496 429


No matter what I do, I can't get that first line to line up!!  The hot digits are 7 and 9 and the cold digits are 0 and 1.  No ties this time, so the 4 numbers to play Midday and Evening for Friday, 6/16 are:

017, 019, 079, and 179.


Now, here's my reply, which includes a tutorial on how to use tables to solve this complaint:


CalifDude,

To make things line up for sure, every single time, you need to use a table.  That's what they're there for!  Any webmaster will tell you to never, ever rely on simple fonts and spaces to line up text in columns.  A fixed-spaced font like Courier (that you used) is good for simple columns of text, but for the large things that you put together, it is inadequate.

Luckily, the fantastic Lottery Post editor makes the job of inserting a table simple!  Just click the Insert Table button  and enter the number of rows and columns in your table.  Don't worry about colors, borders, etc., until you are finished with building the table, and you've finished inserting all your content into the table.  That way, if you make changes to your content, you didn't waste any time re-styling anything.

The wonderous Lottery Post editor makes it easy to go back and change anything about your table using either the various toolbar buttons, or my favorite method, using the right-click context menu.  To style something in your table, you simply select it (a cell, row, or the whole table) and right-click it to show a big menu of options.

In no time flat, anyone can produce great-looking tables using this remarkable tool.

I created this table in literally 30 seconds:

  I am
  lining up!


Very simple, yet if I tried doing this using fixed fonts it would take much longer and produce worse results.  Plus, you can see that I didn't get stuck using an ugly font!

Here's your text stuck into a simple table.  Note that I didn't go crazy and create 10,000 columns or something, I just created a simple table with three columns and one row to keep the major items in nice, neat columns.

0 8
1 7
2 9
3 10
4 11
5 12
6 12
7 14
8 10
9 15
22.2%
19.4%
25.0%
27.8%
30.6%
33.3%
33.3%
38.9%
27.8%
41.7%

608 705 102 690 420 803 704 041
159 731 102 169 618 517 041
279 284 572 526 283 792 102 420 429
365 693 397 853 283 731 493 803 538 735
684 284 493 420 704 948 469 496 467 429 041
578 365 572 957 159 853 526 705 597 517 538 735
684 608 365 693 526 690 169 618 967 469 496 467
578 279 397 572 957 705 731 597 792 967 517 704 735 467
684 608 578 284 853 283 618 803 948 538
279 693 397 957 159 597 792 493 690 169 967 948 469 496 429

Again, for creating a nice table, the steps should be:

  1. Create a blank, unformatted table with about the right number of rows and columns (they can easily be added/removed later).
  2. Insert the basic unformatted content into the cells.  That is important.  If you are copying the text from another software package, use the Plain Text Paste or Paste From Word toolbar buttons instead of regular paste!  If you end up with extra junk in there or formatting problems, it is not the editor's fault, because the functionality to clean it up is right there, one mouse-click away.
  3. After everything is setup with the right number of rows/columns and the content is all set, then go back and format it.  It is a very simple matter of highlighting text and selecting the appropriate formatting, or right-clicking a table part and selecting "properties".

Hopefully this detailed discussion of table usage will help you in your endeavors, as I think you are one of those who presents a lot of tabular information on the forums, so you stand to benefit among the most from using tables.

I would be happy to address any questions, or continue more advanced discussion on this topic if you desire.

Cheers


Good luck using tables!!

 

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    Posted: June 18, 2005, 9:36 am - IP Logged
    Thisis 
    linedup
    usinga
    table

    In the last row I merged the two columns using the Merge Cell button  and then I clicked Cell Properties  and changed the alignment in the cell to Center.  For the words down the right column, I clicked Cell Properties  and changed the alignment to Right.  Then, I right-clicked the table and selected Table Properties  and set the border to 1 (1 pixel wide line), set the Celll Spacing to 0 (no padding between the cells), set the Cell Padding to 3 (the number of pixels between the border of the cell and the text in the cell), and set the border color to red.

    The Table functions in the Lottery Post editor are pretty simple, yet effective, for presenting data and other information neatly.  What's great is that all these functions are available everywhere you can use the editor, including Blogs.

     

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      Posted: June 18, 2005, 1:43 pm - IP Logged

      I have used the table since & it works great. 

      I never knew it was there before. 

      Thanks

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        Posted: June 18, 2005, 2:04 pm - IP Logged

        Glad to be of service!

        My small example table above shows that there is a minor bug in the border definitions:  All of the cell borders should be red, in addition to the entire table outline.  I need to look into that, although it's certainly not something really bad.

        In any case, good luck with using the tables - they can be a huge help in formatting posts!

         

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          Posted: June 19, 2005, 12:11 pm - IP Logged
          Thisis 
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          usinga
          table

          In the last row I merged the two columns using the Merge Cell button  and then I clicked Cell Properties  and changed the alignment in the cell to Center.  For the words down the right column, I clicked Cell Properties  and changed the alignment to Right.  Then, I right-clicked the table and selected Table Properties  and set the border to 1 (1 pixel wide line), set the Celll Spacing to 0 (no padding between the cells), set the Cell Padding to 3 (the number of pixels between the border of the cell and the text in the cell), and set the border color to red.

          The Table functions in the Lottery Post editor are pretty simple, yet effective, for presenting data and other information neatly.  What's great is that all these functions are available everywhere you can use the editor, including Blogs.

          Hi Todd,  I used the table on June 2, 2005 to post my Quads chart.  I am still unable to "Quote" it lately.  It won't show-up.  I keep trying, and nothing is happening.  I haven't given up yet.  I just tested this quote, and it appears to work fine.  When I try to quote my Quads Chart, again, nothing is working.

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            Posted: June 19, 2005, 6:22 pm - IP Logged

            I'm not sure what you mean.  I still can't be sure what thread you're referring to, because you didn't send me the link.  Is this it?

            http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/114009

            If so, you can see that I quoted it with no problem.  Also, I noticed that you quoted it in that thread a few times.  What's the deal?

             

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              BTW, glad you used the table, it looks great.

               

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