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Advantages of Table Groups?

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Advantages of Table Groups?

I am a medical writer and editor who is creating information on medical tests. In the results section
of some of the topics there are several tables, one after another with no text in between. These can be
presented as separate tables (each with their own table tags) or as a table group (tgroup) having one
set of tgroup tags. Is there an advantage to grouping the tables? I'm not sure which way to tag the
multiple tables. - Maria Essig (messig@healthwise.org)
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Advantages of Table Groups?

The direction you take in this case is really pretty much up to you, how the
data is used, and what your DTD allows. If the tables are consistent in
their structure and you don't care if the data is all grouped, I'd go with a
single table. If on the other hand, the tables have different structure or
you want to "grab" certain groups of information, then I'd go with either
multiple tables or multiple tgroups in a single table.

Lynn E. Hales
Information Systems Specialist
Newport News Shipbuilding
hales_le@nns.com
(757) 688-2949

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Advantages of Table Groups?

Maria:
The best answer to using multiple tgroups or multiple tables is on how
you are titling your tables. If all the tables are titled the same but
the columns differ then multiple tgroups under one table also means you
only need one title. That's really about the only benefit of multiple
tgroups instead of multiple tables.

Rob Losinski
L-3 Communications
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