Creating tables in items

NOTE: If you want to create a Table question, refer to Creating a Table question.

Tables are data grids that arrange information cells in horizontal rows and vertical columns. Use tables in items to present contextual information to candidates. There are two table types in Surpass: Mixed subject tables and HTML subject tables.

This article explains how to create tables in both Mixed subject and HTML subject items.

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Creating tables in Mixed subjects

Adding a table in a Mixed subject item

In Mixed subjects, you can add tables at either the item or stem level.

Item-level tables appear underneath the question stem in delivery and are added by selecting Advanced Options > Add Table .

Stem-level tables appear within the question stem block in delivery and are added by selecting Table Editor on the formatting toolbar. For more information, read Using the formatting toolbar.

NOTE: In Mixed subjects, you cannot add tables to question stem blocks 2-5. You cannot add tables to an item's first question stem.

Formatting a table in a Mixed subject item

After you have added your blank table, use the toolbar options to configure your table. Expand the following sections to see definitions of each setting on the table toolbar.

Creating tables in HTML subjects

Adding a table in an HTML subject item

In HTML subjects, you can create tables inline with question content. Select Table Editor on the Advanced formatting toolbar to open the Table Properties dialog and edit your table options.

Formatting a table in an HTML subject item

Configure the following settings in Table Properties and select OK to create an empty table in your HTML subject question stem.

Setting Description
Rows The number of rows (default value: 3).
Columns The number of columns (default value: 2).
Width The width of cells in pixels (default value: 500).
Height The height of cells in pixels.
Headers Sets either the first row or column (or both) as headers. Content in header rows/columns is automatically bolded and centre-aligned.
Cell spacing The space between cells in pixels.
Cell padding The space between cell walls and content in pixels.
Border size The thickness of table borders in pixels. Enter 0 for invisible borders.
Align The alignment of the table in the content area. Available options are Left, Centre, and Right.
Caption A short title that appears above the table.
Alt Text A summary of table content for the benefit of those who may be unable to see the table in delivery.

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