In the text editor click on the insert table icon and select insert a table.
Hover over the amount of squares on the right that equals the rows and columns you want in your table and click. This will insert a basic table. Type or paste in your information.
If importing a complex table (not usually recommended) ensure there is no prior formatting or colouring of cells. You will need to add a header to the table (see instructions below).
Adding a table header
A table header must be added to every table so that it is fully accessible
Right-click and highlight the entire top row then select Cell and Cell properties. Click on Cell type and select Header Cell. The top row should change from grey to blue or the relevant section colour if this has been done correctly.
Please note: use cell type not row type
To insert or delete a table, row or column
Right-click on the table, column or row and select either insert before/after or delete.
Tables with two headers
Tables that have a simple row header and a simple column header should be made accessible by selecting the row cells and apply the cell properties to header cell attribute and by also setting the scope attribute to row. Then highlight the column header cells and select cell properties to header cell and set the scope property to column.
|09:00 - 11:00||Closed||Open||Closed|
|13:00 - 15:00||Open||Closed||Closed|
|15:00 - 17:00||Closed||Open||Closed|
For more complex tables, i.e. those with irregular headers and multiple headers spanning multiple columns it gets more technical and complicated so please submit these to Netsweb@nihr.ac.uk and we can set the appropriate properties.
Importing a table from Word
If you have to import a long or complex table, it is possible but not recommended to do this as it often requires remedial action to fix formatting problems and to make it accessible. It is best to remove any formatting and bold prior to copying or use the 'clear formatting' tool in the editor (this doesn't always work with tables) and then re-apply bold and any formatting where necessary. Ensure you then select the header cell property manually to each of the header cells as above. You should also apply them to any headers further down in the table.
Use of tables for layout
You should not use tables for layout, they should only be used for showing data. Take the example below.
This can easily be presented as titles and text using horizontal rules to divide sections - for example like this.
Professor Amanda Daley
Loughborough University - Research Area: Public Health
Research Project: Innovative lifestyle interventions to improve population health
Many diseases could be prevented if the public were more physically active and spent less time sitting. My NIHR professorship award involves four interrelated work streams to develop lifestyle interventions to help the public become more physically active throughout the whole day, reduce the time they spend sitting and prevent obesity.
The research aims to involve the public.... etc
Developer tip: To force text below an image and avoid text-wrapping go to code view <> and add style="clear: left;" into tag of the text you want below the image i.e. <p style="clear: left;"> or <h2 style="clear: left;">