Writer Table Templates

I am hoping to find some table templates for writer. I find my tables just look like they are from the 90’s despite how hard I try to make them look modern. Even if someone has seen a collection of images with different layouts, I would greatly appreciate it . Anything will help.

My current project is an Arabic grammar book taught in English. There are many tables in the book including word banks, exercises and most importantly syntactical analysis of sentences. I am trying to really make these look… not boring. I guess this is kind of graphic arts and design related but I feel limited by the black line borders and colored or image based backgrounds.

Thanks in advance.

As you state it, it is a matter of graphic art. But you must first think of your “content”. Is it really tabular data? Meaning there is a “natural” ordering in lines and columns and some cells “naturally” call for a summary (like row/column title/caption or bottom sum). If there is no such consistency, then it is only kind of fancy layout (e.g. to improve readability).

For a complete discussion on table/no table dilemma, see the HTML 5 standard in the W3C site.

Intrinsically tabular data is well handled by LO Writer tables. This is the case for a lexicon.

IMHO, syntactic analysis of sentences is not tabular data. It is structural. A good representation is a tree expressing the relationship between hierarchical components. An adequate tool for diagrams is Draw. Components are labelled boxes linked by connectors (so that the edges or arcs remain anchored to the boxes when you move them to find the best layout). If the structure reduces to a one-dimensional representation, you can have a try to the formula editor but I think it is not really fit for that.

If your exercises consist of questions or the like in one column and an empty space in the next, a table could be your choice. But if you propose a sentence with many “holes”, the holes could be in-line frames in a “standard” paragraph.

I would not recommend having all exercises in a single table. There are better way to organise them, e.g. with Heading n paragraphs or a numbered list.

Sorry not to have a definitive answer. Elaborate yourself on my ideas or edit (do not answer) your question to give more details.

That more or less answers the question. I agree that a table is not suitable for syntactic analysis. I have essentially been using a table to make it like a tree which ends up not looking so great. I will have to explore Draw.

Other than google searching table and chart layouts, I was hoping maybe to receive a link to a template bank or a collection of layout samples.

The other ideas sounds suitable as well. The difficulty is that I am translating an Urdu book which teaches Arabic grammar (mainly syntax) into English. The original is more or less in paragraph form. It definitely needs some spice. It has a syntax for beginners theme to it so I am trying to make the parsing and exercises fun and animated while not making it too childish for adults.

I appreciate the help and will start learning how to use Draw.
Thank you