## LaTeX forum ⇒ General ⇒ Spliting page into two columns

LaTeX specific issues not fitting into one of the other forums of this category.
drorata
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### Spliting page into two columns

Dear all,

I'm trying very hard for the last few hours and so far with no success...

I would like to split only part of a page into two columns, s.t. at one side will contain text (math text) and on the other one a corresponding figure. I'm attaching an example of how I would like it to be which was generated using OpenOffice. The best would be to have a big table.

Any ideas?

Dror
Attachments
example of desired layout.pdf
Ubuntu 8.04 + Kile 3.5.10 + TeXLive. Question?

Stefan Kottwitz
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Hi Dror,

welcome to the board!

You could use tabularx for this, for example:
1. \documentclass[a4paper,10pt]{article}
2. \usepackage{tabularx}
3. \begin{document}
4. Here comes the regular test. No problems
5.
6. Now I want to split the page into two columns:
7.
8. \bigskip
9. \noindent\begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}{XX}
10. First flower, with properties:
11. \begin{enumerate}
12. \item White
13. \item Blue
14. \end{enumerate} & \rule[-5cm]{5cm}{5cm} \\
15. Second Flower:
16. \begin{itemize}
17. \item Purple
18. \item Yellow
19. \end{itemize} & \rule[-5cm]{5cm}{5cm}
20. \end{tabularx}
21. \end{document}

Stefan

drorata
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Joined: Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:29 am
Thanks for the quick answer! I've already found a solution, using tabular. For example:

1. \begin{tabular}{|p{0.47\linewidth}|p{0.4\linewidth}|}
2. \hline
3. \begin{enumerate}
4. \item First item
5. \item Second item
6. \end{enumerate} &
7. \begin{itemize}
8. \item one can get rid of the lines
9. \item one can put a figure here
10. \end{itemize}\\
11. \hline
12. \end{tabular}

But, now I have a new problem - once the table gets to long, it doesn't break it automatically. Any ideas?

All the best,
Dror
Ubuntu 8.04 + Kile 3.5.10 + TeXLive. Question?

Stefan Kottwitz
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Hi Dror,

minipages next to each other would be an alternative way.
If you want to use a table that continues on the next page you could use the longtable-package.

Stefan