Types of tables

There are two different types of general purpose tables in DITA, table and simpletable, both of which are based on the CALS table model standard.

The two types of general purpose tables in base DITA are:
The standard table structure is designed for complex, tabular information, where a title can be applied to the table. The table can also be easily cross-referenced, and a "List of Tables" generated during the publishing process.
The simpletable structure is a much simplified design, with no provision for titles or cross-referencing. It is used for informal, simple tabular information.

Both types of table are based on the CALS standard table structure; the table structure of HTML is based on the same standard.

DITA also includes some special purpose tables, including relationship tables (used in ditamaps for cross-reference metadata) and properties tables (used in reference topics).