Power Tools for Technical Communication: Creating Tables



In this lab, you study unformatted text and then follow instructions to create tables in a web page. To be ready for this project, you need to have have studied Chapter 17 in Power Tools for Technical Communication and have done at least one other web-page formatting project:
  1. Using a simple text editor or web-page editor of your choice, create a simple web page like the one shown in Chapter 17 entitled My First Web Page. Between the <TITLE> and </TITLE> tags and between the <H1> and </H1> tags, substitute Table Practice.
  2. For each of the items copy the text, and paste it into the web page you just started, and follow the instructions for reformatting the text with tables.
  3. Review the steps for creating tables in Chapter 10 of Processes in Technical Communication as necessary.
  4. Either show your instructor your completed work; or put your name, Tables: Web Pages, and the date on this document, and print it out for your instructor.


  1. Create a three-column table using most of the text below. Use the words "Problem," "Cause," and "Remedy" for the column headings. Create six rows below these headings with a problem, cause, and remedy for each row. No table title is needed. Left-align all cells in the table; use bold on the column headings with a gray background.

    If you believe your stereo system is malfunctioning, check the table below to see if you can correct the problem. If you are unsuccessful, contact your nearest Pioneer authorized dealer, or the place of purchase. A loud noise is produced, or play stops. The disc has a bad scratch or bad warp, or the disc is extremely dirty. Remove the damaged disc or clean the dirty disc. Playback/recording stops immediately. The disc is loaded upside down, or the disc has smudges. Load the disc with the label face down, or clean the smudges from the disk. The cassette door will not open. The cassette deck is not in the stop mode, or power was turned off while the tape was moving. Press the stop button or turn the power on. The cassette door will not close. The cassette is not loaded properly. Turn the cassette over and reinsert. The recording indicator light does not light. The erasure prevention tabs have been removed. Cover the hole with a piece of tape where the erasure prevention tabs were removed, or replace with a new cassette tape. The tape cannot be recorded. The tape heads are dirty. Clean the tape heads with a cotton swab and alcohol.

    Start this table with the following: <TABLE WIDTH="65%" CELLPADDING="5" ALIGN="center" BORDER="1">
    Create the column-headings row: <TR BGCOLOR="#C0C0C0"><TD><B>Problem</B>;</TD><TD><B>Cause</B></TD><TD><B>Remedy</B></TD></TR>
    For each of the six data rows, use these tags, filling in the correct data: <TR><TD>(data)</TD><TD>(data)</TD><TD>(data)</TD></TR>
    To complete the table, add </TABLE><P>

  2. Create a four-column table with the following title as the top row spanning all four rows: "Table 1 Comparison of three brand name treadmills." Make the title bold. Create the following column heads in the next row: Features, Nordic Trac, APEX 6106, Sports Art 3100-HR, and Trimline 7200. In the first main data row, include the following: Motor, 3.0 CHP, 2.0 CHP, 2.7 CHP. In the next row: Frame, Steel, Steel, Steel. In the next row: Speed range, 0 10 mph, 0 11 mph, 0 11mph. In the next row: Incline, 0 12%, 0 - 15%, 0 12%. In the next row: Belt thickness, 2-ply, 4-ply, 2-ply. In the next row: Belt size, 20"x60", 30"x55", 20"x57". In the next row: Storage, Space Saver design, Non-foldable, Non-foldable. In the next row: Program variety, 31 programs, 8 programs, 5 programs. In the next row: Weight capacity, 300 lbs, 300 lbs, 325 lbs. In the final row: Cushioning, Dura Soft, Cushioning, Shock Dissipation System, None. Use bold or italics for the column headings; consider using italics for row headings (first column). Left-align all cells except for the title.

    Start this table with the following: <TABLE WIDTH="65%" CELLPADDING="5" ALIGN="center" BORDER="1">
    Create the title row: <TR><TD COLSPAN="4"><B><CENTER>(title)</CENTER></B></TD></TR>
    Create the column-headings row using this template: <TR><TD><I>(heading)</I><TD><I>(heading)</I><TD><I>(heading)</I><TD><I>(heading)</I><TD><I>(heading)</I></TR>
    Create each of the data rows using this template: <TR><TD>(data)</TD><TD>(data)</TD><TD>(data)</TD></TR>
    To complete the table, add </TABLE><P>

  3. Create a four-column table with the following title as the top row spanning all four rows: "Table 1 Comparisons of HTML Editors." Center and bold this title as the top row spanning all four columns. For the column-headings row: Category, FrontPage, Hot Dog Pro, and Dreamweaver. For the next row: Availability, 3, 1, 1. For the next row: Requirements, 1, 1, 1. For the next row: Customer Service, 3, 1, 2. For the next row: Cost, 2, 1, 3. For the next row: Help Feature, 3, 2, 1. For the next row: Ease of use, 2, 1, 1. For the next row: Features, 3, 2, 1. For the last row: Overall Rating, 3, 1, 2. Place a superscript footnote "1" just after the table title (but not bold). Just below the table, create a footnote with this text: Note: 1=best, 2=second best, 3=third best. Make this text at least 1 point smaller than the text in the table. Italicize the first-column items (they are row headings).

    Start this table with the following: <TABLE WIDTH="75%" CELLPADDING="5" ALIGN="center" BORDER="1">
    Create the title row: <TR><TD COLSPAN="4"><B><CENTER>(title)</CENTER></B></TD></TR>
    Create each of the data rows using this template: <TR><TD><I>(row heading)</I></TD><TD><CENTER>(data)</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>(data)</CENTER></TD></TR>
    To complete the table, add </TABLE><BR>
    Create the superscript just after the title with these tags: <SUP>1</FONT>
    Create the footnote just the table using these tags: <SUP>1</FONT><FONT SIZE="-1">(text of footnote)</FONT><P>

  4. Create a five-column table which contains subcolumns. Use the top row for the title; this row should span all five column; and the title should be bold and centered and contain the following text: Table 2. Comparison of Printer Speed. The first column-heading row should contain four headings: Printer, Promised Results (spanning two columns), CNET Text Test (Normal Mode), and My Rating. The subcolumns for Promised Results should be Pages per minute: Color and Pages per minute: black & white. The first data row should contain HP DeskJet 812C, 4.5, 6.5, 3.2, C. The next row: HP DeskJet 895Cse, 8.5, 11.0, 3.4, C. The next row: HP DeskJet 952C, 8.5, 11.0, 3.3, C. The next row: HP DeskJet 970 Cse, 10.0, 12.0, 3.7, B. The next row: HP DeskJet 1120Cse, 4.5, 6.5, 3.7, B. The next row: HP DeskJet 1220C, 9.5, 11.0, 3.9, B. The next row: HP 2000Cse, 10.0, 12.0, 5.3, A. The last row: HP 2500C, 9.5, 11.0, N/A, B. Center the data in columns 2 through 5. Add a nonbolded superscript 1 to the table title and a footnote just below this table containing this source information: Carlson, Kyla K. "25 Color Printers Put to the Test." CNET.com. April 20, 1999. http://aolsvccompCNET.com/hardware/0-1063.html?tag=stbc.gp (10 July 2000).

    Start this table with the following: <TABLE WIDTH="100%" CELLPADDING="5" BORDER="1">
    Create the title row: <TR><TD COLSPAN="6"><B><CENTER>(title)</CENTER></B></TD></TR>
    Create the first of the headings rows as follows: <TR><TD ROWSPAN="2">(heading)</TD><TD COLSPAN="2">(heading)</TD><TD ROWSPAN="2">(heading)</TD><TD ROWSPAN="2">(heading)</TD>
    Create the next heading row, which actually contains subcolumns of the preceding row, as follows: <TR><TD>(subcolumn heading)</TD><TD>(subcolumn heading)</TD></TR>
    Create each of the data rows using this template: <TR><TD><I>(row heading)</I></TD><TD><CENTER>(data)</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>(data)</CENTER></TD><TD> <CENTER>(data)</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>(data)</CENTER></TD></TR>
    To complete the table, add </TABLE><BR>
    Create the superscript just after the title with these tags: <SUP>1</SUP>
    Create the footnote just below the table using these tags: <SUP>1</SUP><FONT SIZE="-1">(text of footnote)</FONT><P>
    To enable readers to use the link in this footnote, tag it this way: Carlson, Kyla K. <A HREF="http://aolsvccompCNET.com/hardware/0-1063.html?tag=stbc.gp">25 Color Printers Put to the Test</A>. CNET.com. April 20, 1999. (10 July 2000).<P>


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