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To display tabular data in your iBook, you only need to follow three simple steps. Step one, create your table; Step two, enter or import your data; and then Step three, format your table and your data to match your book's layout in iBooks Author. Now I do want to emphasize that tables in iBooks Author are only meant for displaying tabular data. It's not meant to be a replacement for your favorite spreadsheet programs such as Numbers or Excel. Now with that said, you are able to create formulas and set up a limited amount of conditional formatting based on the data contained within your table.
And your tables in iBooks Author can contain text or numbers. Let me show you what I mean. In this table, we have all of the different tour packages available within our Backpack California series. And in the first column, under Difficulty we have text describing the tours as being either Easy, Moderate or Hard, and each cell is colored based on the level of difficulty. Now if we go into one of these cells by simply clicking once to select the overall object, click a second time to select the table, and then double-click to select an individual cell, we can then simply type in Easy, hit the Tab key, and when we do, not only does the text get entered into the cell, but the background color of the cell automatically changes to reflect the same color as the other cells that are listed as Easy, giving our users a quick way to be able to identify the information in the cell.
If we look over here in the far right- hand column, we can see that the Complete Tour price is listed and the values in these cells are calculated based on the sum of the values in each of these other three columns. Now we can check this by once again double-clicking inside of a Gift Package cell, and then we'll simply type in a new value, such as 74.99. This time when we hit the Tab key, you'll notice that the price has been updated automatically for us.
Now throughout this chapter, we're going to explore how to create tables, add data to your tables, apply fixed and conditional formatting to your tables, and even learn how to create a formula.
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