# Technical writing/Tools/Making Wiki Tables

How to edit Wiki

## Why and When to use Tables

Tables are an excellent way to organize large amounts of information in an easy to read way.

## Table Syntax

The following code will build a basic table.

Tables always begin with {| and end with |}

In the first line we set the widths of the borders and the space between cells.

On the second line we enter the title of the table.

|+ 2006/07 Premier League Table

The following lines create the column headings, when creating the column headings we use a "!" instead of a pipe.

|-
!Position
!Club Name
!Points

Now we create the rows and the information that goes in them. Each line starts with a pipe and each row of information is separated by a |-.

|-
|1 || Manchester United || 89
|-
|2 || Chelsea || 83
|-
|3 || Liverpool || 68
|-
|4 || Arsenal || 68
|-
|5 || Tottenham || 60
|-
|6 || Bolton || 59

Notice that each cell is split by a double pipe ||. Usually there would be no space between the pipes, here the space is there to make reading the code easier.

This will create a basic table, which looks like this.

## Tips and Tricks

Table width:

In the first line of the table it is possible to define the table's width, for example:

Column width:

To define the column width just add a percentage of the overall width to the column heading lines, as follows:

! width=25% | Position
! width=50% | Club Name
! width=25% | Points

The table now looks like this:

2006/07 Premier League Table
Position Club Name Points
1 Manchester United 89
2 Chelsea 83
3 Liverpool 68
4 Arsenal 68
5 Tottenham 60
6 Bolton 59

Common Problems

• Missing pipes
• Too many spaces
• Not ending the table with |}

### Exercise 1 Adding a Table to a Wiki

1. Create a page
2. Add a table with 2 columns and five rows
3. Fill in the table with the names of five people and their favorite drink