https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga

[GUIDE] Tables

[GUIDE] Formatting

|left aligned|centered|right aligned|
|:-|:|-:|
|row 1|row 1|row 1|
|row 2|row 2|row 2|
|row 3|row 3|row 3|

left aligned centered right aligned
row 1 row 1 row 1
row 2 row 2 row 2
row 3 row 3 row 3

note: remember to leave a blank line before your table. Otherwise the system will not recognize it as a table, and it will not format it as a table.


ps. you can get fancy and add in pictures, and links to other resources. Also add colors to your tables. i.e.

August 11, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/uphilldweller

Interesting OP

Thanks for posting.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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You are very very very welcome uphilldweller

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lambbaaa

Thanks!

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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What a great use of color Lambbaaa !
It is wonderful to see your skills.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

Brilliant, thank you so much!

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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Thank you Linda for all the great contributions you make to our language learning community.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/04Amanita

@daKanga THANK YOU

I love fun posts like this! THANK YOU

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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You, especially, are SUPER welcome. I am glad to see you showing your colors :D

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChevyBarnes05

I'll definitely use this, thanks!

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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This is great news !

I hope perhaps you may use it to produce some inspirational explanations on how to learn a language !

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MindfulHaven

I like being subtle yet fancy with my color choice. Thanks for the update, DaKanga! You amaze me, truly.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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awwwww . thank you

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/toggitang4

Hi daKanga! Can you do me a favor? I was wondering if you could post a discussion that links to all of your GUIDEs?

August 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Algarve11

I think it's here.

August 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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Thank you Algarve11 !
And indeed - this is a very key reference guide for me.

And from there, it also will link out to other guides.

It is always something I am continuously working on. Trying to improve and keep posts up to date, and also so that they are relevant and can be linked to by a network of ways.

Sadly I do not have a master reference of all my posts.

Perhaps one day I will. Though what is much more important is that people find the information that is useful for them. For their language learning, and for resources that empower them to be effective in this language learning community. For the purposes of their language learning, and for those that wish - for them to create language learning resources.

I find there is not one resource or way of explaining things that is best for all people. I like to empower people to find and engage with language learning, for their benefit, and the benefit of others.

I like to also see and thrive in a community vibrant with voices. Here I see my role as a support person for others.

August 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Algarve11

You are very supportive and we all appreciate it. Thanks a lot for making these guides, they're invaluable.

August 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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ummm thank you Algarve11 <3
I do hope these things also empower you.

Also, don't forget to check out "Related Discussions" - located to the right of many discussions on the Web interface.

August 17, 2019, 2:18 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Devan234259

Hi, can someone please explain to me what this is?

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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Hi there,

It is a formatting tool. A very powerful tool when you want to explain things, and more importantly, when you want to understand things.
When people want to explain concepts, it can be very powerful to be able to use a table to do this.

I will try to drop back with some examples of this - and perhaps - I will try to do this with Spanish language, that I see is one on your list.

Tables though, from the point of view learning, it is very powerful.

Thanks for this great question Devan234259.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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ok - I can not find any quick reference to Spanish, so you will have to use your intellect to understand this French table:

French articles

Description the - definite a/an - indefinite (some) - Partitive
masculine le un du
feminine la une de la
In front of a vowel or a mute h l' un/une de l'
Plural les des des

or

Possessive articles

masculine feminine Before a vowel or mute h plural English
mon ma mon mes my
ton ta ton tes your-personal
son sa son ses his/her/its
notre notre notre nos our
votre votre votre vos your
leur leur leur leurs their

I hope to return at another time with a Spanish one.
Or more so I hope someone else will.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dogomolo

One advantage of using table formatting code in your post is that everything inside your table becomes selectable. You can also export the whole table to other programs like Microsoft Excel.

Using images to represent tables is second option. Images can be exported too but individual content in tables are not selectable. There are ways to export individual content in pictures but usually this is not needed.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KateVinee

Also worth noting that for people who use screenreaders, properly formatted tables are readable, whereas images are not!

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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WOW - GREAT POINT !

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dogomolo

Which way you prefer, using images or code? I think I have to test both first because editing tables in Excel offers more style choices. Sharing a screenshot from Excel is also easy.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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When we support others around us to be strong, we also make ourselves, as a community strong.

It is also one of the prime reasons why I am a contributor and supporter of this amazing community of amazing minds.

Thank you for being a part of this.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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I ... I am in love with spreadsheets - such as Excel.

This is great power, a great language to be able to communicate in.

If you can use Excel, and explain by using spreadsheets to format things, especially like tables, you are sharing strong magic. Great Power.

Please do so.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dogomolo

Thank you for your personal reply! It's very unique opportunity to get such warm and welcoming messages from other great users here.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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I also have learned many of my interaction skills, and continue to study under tutor-age and independent observation and review, from great and inspiring people.

This also includes and is not limited to : Usagiboy7 , Jrikhal and Lrtward.

It is also one of the reasons I covert my ability to be a GA.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Algarve11
Thank You, daKanga!
Very useful post,
Looks simply amazing!

I give you some lingots because I was looking for this for a long time.

August 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dogomolo

Markdown table generator: https://www.tablesgenerator.com/markdown_tables

Test:

col1 col2
a b
c d
August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

|-:|-|:-| |Thank|you|for|

making this post.


What am I doing wrong here?

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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You need to add a header to what you have posted.

Sorry I am tiered, and I think I can not explain this tonight in a simple way.

Edit : ok - here I gooooo :

note: please remember to leave A BLANK LINE above where your table is. Otherwise the system will not recognize it as a table, and your table will not be correctly formatted.

|Thank|you|for|
|-:|:-: |:-|
|making|this|post|

Copy and paste this - what is highlighted in yellow.

And choose to edit the comment above, and save your edit.

This should give:

Thank you for
making this post
August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kelvin401862

Thanks.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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You are welcome Kelvin.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stergi3

Is there an easy to use tool to write formatted text like this and post it here?

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dogomolo

There is a tool called StackEdit which can be used to do some formatting. In my example I create a hyperlink:

giphy.gif

Tables can be created too but that feature is quite limited in StackEdit.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dogomolo

No because Markdown is not completely supported. See my comment here to generate Markdown tables.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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What a good question Stergi3.

You can use spreadsheets to assist in creating and also editing tables.

For some of the more complicated tables I use, I manage them by using a spreadsheet.
Currently I have to much work on for this week, and so I will put this in my to do pile to return to I hope next week,
to hop by here and show you examples of how to do this.

If others also know how to do this, please do beat me to this task.

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yetanothername

¬°Gracias!

Occasionally I just Google "duolingo html" to remind myself how to italicize or post links.

|I | Never | knew| |I | could | set | | a | table| though|

I wish there was a preview mode though.

See? That's why we need a preview mode. I did something wrong. |left aligned|centered|right aligned| |:-|:|-:| | Pipe | Separated | Stuff |

So what am I doing wrong???

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/04Amanita

Dear yetanothername you had a tiny mishap with your formatting - you're missing a colon and hyphen in the middle of your middle layer ;)

I'm Going To
Try This Out
August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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And thank you amazing 04Amanita for responding.
You however do not need to include : (colons) in your formatting. It is only if you wish to control where the column is centered.

So you can have:

column 1 column 2 column 3
Pipe Separated Stuff

Code used to create the table above:

|column 1|column 2|column 3|
||||
| Pipe | Separated | Stuff |

What is important is to leave a blank line before you start your table.

You will notice though that currently the default is that the headers are "centered" And that the content is left aligned.

Also, sending a big thank you for this great question yetanothername .

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/04Amanita

Duly noted! Thanks daKanga :)

August 12, 2019

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You are WONDERFUL 04Amanita !

Thank you for all you do in your valued and valuable contributions to this language learning community !

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

Hey Kanga! How are you? You're still posting away! :D AP4418

August 12, 2019

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yep. I seem to not be able to help myself ;P

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

Lol! You're very helpful, thank you for everything you do. :D

August 13, 2019
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