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Is it correct to use a colon before a table? For example:

The required configuration is provided in the table below:

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Unless the style manual that you're using explicitly forbids it, there's no problem using a colon or an end-stop (period) after below. The meaning doesn't change and the choice is not based on the rules of English grammar, only the variable rules of English punctuation.

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I'd prefer a colon here to match with the close relation (in both subject matter and layout) between the preceding and the following. Obviously, the choice would have to be a full stop with: 'The required configuration is shown in table 24 on page 342.' – Edwin Ashworth May 20 '13 at 7:36
Thanks that makes good sense. – Jacob May 21 '13 at 12:20

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