Tables are, by default, set entirely in boxes of their own: as a result, they won’t split over a page boundary. Sadly, the world keeps turning up tables longer than a single page that we need to typeset.
For simple tables (whose shape is highly regular), the simplest
solution may well be to use the
which is slightly tedious to set up, but which doesn’t force the whole alignment
onto a single page.
longtable package builds the whole table (in chunks), in
a first pass, and then uses information it has written to the
file during later passes to get the setting “right” (the package
ordinarily manages to set tables in just two passes). Since the
package has overview of the whole table at the time it’s doing
“final” setting, the table is set “uniformly” over its entire
length, with columns matching on consecutive pages.
longtable has a reputation for failing to interwork with
other packages, but it does work with
colortbl, and its
author has provided the
ltxtable package to provide (most
of) the facilities of
fixed-width tables) for long tables:
beware of its rather curious usage constraints — each long table
should be in a file of its own, and included by
multiple-page tables can’t possibly live inside floats, the package
provides for captions within the
A seeming alternative to
it is outdated and not fully functional. Its worst problem is its
strictly limited memory capacity (
longtable is not so
limited, at the cost of much complication in its code);
ltablex can only deal with relatively small tables, it doesn’t seem
likely that support is available; but its user interface is much
ltxtable, so if its restrictions aren’t a
problem for you, it may be worth a try.
supertabular package starts and stops a
tabular environment for each page of the table. As a
result, each “page worth” of the table is compiled independently, and
the widths of corresponding columns may differ on successive pages.
However, if the correspondence doesn’t matter, or if your columns are
supertabular has the great advantage of doing
its job in a single run.
stabular package provides a simple-to-use “extension to
tabular” that allows it to typeset tables that run over
the end of a page; it also has usability extensions, but doesn’t have
the head- and footline capabilities of the major packages.
ltablex is to be found in the package file.