META: So you wanna create a Table in your post/Diary

Submitted by Seth on January 19th, 2012 at 11:15 PM

If you're a regular diarist you know pasting into the WYSIWYG editor directly from Excel creates weird html problems and doesn't look so nice as the pretty MGoTables beloved by bolded alternate personalities everywhere.

Here's a workaround I've been using. If you know a better way, I'm all monitors.

Steps...... What You Do
Step 1: Write stuff in Excel
Step 2: Create a bolded alterego who asks for a chart
Step 3: Open a browser window to Tableizer: http://tableizer.journalistopia.com/
Step 4: Copy and paste your chart into Tableizer and "Tableize It"
Step 5: Copy the code you received.
Step 6: Click the "Switch to plain editor" link in your Diary page, under the WYSIWYG box. This puts you into html editing mode
Step 7: Paste the code from Tableizer
Step 8: Delete the first paragraph/section of that code, i.e. the part before it says < table> (this gets rid of Tableizer's formatting)
Step 9: Switch back to rich text editor
Step 10: Analyze

Stealing underpants and profit optional.

Comments

Louie C

January 19th, 2012 at 11:41 PM ^

Tsk, Tsk, looks like somone left out the two oh so important steps; ???, and profit. Seriously though, thanks a bunch for this. I can use excel in my sleep, but I've always been afraid to create a diary, lest I mess it up and look like a complete fool.

Thorin

January 20th, 2012 at 1:08 AM ^

Here's what I would do.

Steps...... What You Do
Step 1: Find another chart on mgoblog (not hard).
Step 2: Copy and paste it into the rich text editor and edit.
Step 3: More time for drinking beer.