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Fly Tables


Automated Table Generation


Fruit
Color
Qty
Cost
Apple
Red
5
$.25
Orange
Orange
12
$.47
Banana
Yellow
32
$.64

Fly Tables are predefined formats which can be called with Editorial Items, Site Call Pages and Standard Inclusions. These formats, when invoked, will look for table information within your document and convert it to an Internet friendly appearance.

Often, you'll have data from Quark, Excel or some other program which shows data in rows and columns. When you copy this data into Linear, the tab characters are preserved, but they have no affect when displayed on the Internet. Using Fly Tables, you can tell the system to look for information separated by the "Tab" character and thus convert them into an Internet friendly table format.

In your program (Excel, Word, Quark, etc), the data looks something like this:

Fruit
Color
Qty
Cost
Apple
Red
5
$.25
Orange
Orange
12
$.47
Banana
Yellow
32
$.64


When you paste it onto the Internet, the data will look like this:

Fruit Color Qty Cost
Apple Red 5 $.25
Orange Orange 12 $.47
Banana Yellow 32 $.64

With Fly Tables, within the body of the item, you simply paste your table data with some tags identifying the start and end to the table - like so:

<!-- TableStart -->
Fruit Color Qty Cost
Apple Red 5 $.25
Orange Orange 12 $.47
Banana Yellow 32 $.64
<!-- TableEnd -->

The Linear system will see the <!-- TableStart --> tag and begin applying the Fly Table Defaults. once the system sees the <!-- TableEnd --> tag it will close the table.

In your defaults you may customize the colors, tabs, fonts and much more to make each table unique with a professional appearance. The table will format itself to your preferences however you have it set up.

Click Here for an on-site example where Excel data has been embedded within an editorial item.

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