I think it would be a really nice thing to be able to create simple tables in questions and answers. You would do it like this:

[table title="My Table1" orient="vertical" col="column1,column2,column3,column4"]
[row num="1" data="item1,item2,item3,item4"]
[row num="2" data="item5,item6,item7,item8"]

But rather than type that all by hand, the format buttons (bold, italic, etc.) would contain a drop-down menu, "Create a Table" and be similar to the one in Microsoft Word 2007+. A table editor could also pop up in the same type of box as "Flag this Question" is.

If the dimensions are too great to display on the page, the upper-left-most corner is displayed, and then the column at the right is titled "(...)" and same with the bottom row. Clicking those would either scroll one window-width down/right via jQuery, or just open a pop-up window with scrollbars.

closed as off topic by user6901 Aug 19 '12 at 11:26

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    This request was also made on StackOverflow Meta in 2009 and more recently in 2011 - apparently it is not a priority at this time. – danlefree Aug 2 '12 at 15:49
  • @danlefree - Thanks, didn't see those when searching this meta, though searching across sites would also be a nice feature. – ionFish Aug 2 '12 at 16:18
  • Closing as off-topic: this meta site is for things that relate to Pro Webmasters, not the entire network. This table feature request is not something that's specific to this site: it would affect other sites as well, and they should be able to comment on it. (Not migrating this because it's a duplicate). – user6901 Aug 19 '12 at 11:25

Note also the Markdown Editing Help page links through to the What HTML tags are allowed meta.SO FAQ which states in the answer:

We do not and will not allow table tags -- sorry. This is intentional and by design. If you need a quick and dirty "table", use and ASCII layout.

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