Adding a Step Makes it Easier with Word ?

By on September 29th, 2013 in Wordpress

One of the biggest issues I have these days is formatting my articles especially if I am adding a large table, as I do with many of my posts from Stats Canada.

If I simply do a cut from their website, and paste to my WordPress (with all needed links and stating it is their data) the results come out looking terrible. What I am also learning is that table formatting is also a function of the Theme that you are using for your WordPress site (so you mileage may vary with this idea). In the UBD Money Maker (this theme) there appears to be no difference what so ever, however on Canadian Personal Finance which is running Thesis, there is a world of difference in the two tables.

As an example I include a simple table from:

Annual population estimates

July 1, 20121 July 1, 20132 2012/2013
number % rate
Canada 34,754,312 35,158,304 1.2
Newfoundland and Labrador 526,841 526,702 -0.0
Prince Edward Island 145,165 145,237 0.0
Nova Scotia 945,061 940,789 -0.5
New Brunswick 756,997 756,050 -0.1
Quebec 8,084,059 8,155,334 0.9
Ontario 13,411,994 13,537,994 0.9
Manitoba 1,250,032 1,265,015 1.2
Saskatchewan 1,087,546 1,108,303 1.9
Alberta 3,888,739 4,025,074 3.4
British Columbia 4,543,308 4,581,978 0.8
Yukon 36,247 36,700 1.2
Northwest Territories 43,620 43,537 -0.2
Nunavut 34,703 35,591 2.5
1. Updated postcensal estimates.
2. Preliminary postcensal estimates.
Note(s): 
These estimates are based on 2011 Census population counts adjusted for census net undercoverage and incompletely enumerated Indian reserves.
As can be seen, this is readable, but a little on the clunky side of things, with some very odd formatting decisions and such.
If I simply copy from the Stats Canada page to a blank Word document that I open, and then copy from the Word page into the WordPress “Paste Word” capability, I end up with the following for the same table:

Annual population estimates

 

July 1, 20121

July 1, 20132

2012/2013

 

number

% rate

Canada

34,754,312

35,158,304

1.2

Newfoundland and Labrador

526,841

526,702

-0.0

Prince Edward Island

145,165

145,237

0.0

Nova Scotia

945,061

940,789

-0.5

New Brunswick

756,997

756,050

-0.1

Quebec

8,084,059

8,155,334

0.9

Ontario

13,411,994

13,537,994

0.9

Manitoba

1,250,032

1,265,015

1.2

Saskatchewan

1,087,546

1,108,303

1.9

Alberta

3,888,739

4,025,074

3.4

British Columbia

4,543,308

4,581,978

0.8

Yukon

36,247

36,700

1.2

Northwest Territories

43,620

43,537

-0.2

Nunavut

34,703

35,591

2.5

1.Updated postcensal estimates.

2. Preliminary postcensal estimates.

Note(s): 

These estimates are based on 2011 Census population counts adjusted for census net undercoverage and incompletely enumerated Indian reserves.

Caveat

I did have to manipulate the formatting of the columns in Word, but that is a much easier thing to do than in WordPress, so I end up with a more readable table, in a shorter period of time.

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