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Stacy Christiansen and Connie Manno
For the JAMA Network journals online, tables appear as downloadable images, whereas other journals may use HTML tables for the online version of an article. The advantage of using tables that are images is that the table’s appearance, such as the design and data alignment, can be controlled and allows for consistent presentation of the data, which is an important consideration for larger, more complex tables. The use of HTML tables has its advantages as well, the first being that a graphic file need not be downloaded to view the table, making the data more immediately accessible on any electronic device (smartphone, tablet, or computer). In addition, the table’s text is searchable, and hyperlinks can be included within the table, such as reference citations that link to the reference in the list of all references at the end of the file or in a bibliography....