Reply to: Table width(s) issuesAugust 16, 2016 at 7:16 pm
The DITA specification uses the OASIS CALS spec for tables (at least that is the only table type in DITA that supports widths in the markup). This table model is very different from HTML, which is what most people are familiar with (if they are familiar with any kind of table model).
Unlike HTML, you cannot directly specify an overall table size with CALS and have the columns expand to fill it. Or you can (using proportional sizes), but if you do then you have no control over the exact size of the table. If you want to control the exact size of the table then you need to use fixed width columns. You can then use the pgwide attribute on the table element itself if you want to change the behaviour of the overall table size:
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