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 (email@example.com)
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.
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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.