# How to typeset the following table in MathJax?

I recently encountered while editing posts a table that seems impossible to typeset. The problem is that you have in the first row only two columns and in the second row $5$ columns that you can't compact into a single $1-2-2$ row using the ordinary {|c|c|c|c|}.

So how can I typeset it?

• In $\LaTeX$, this table would never be typeset in an equation. The non-mathematical table environment has far more support for complex formatting. I attempted to manage that very table in MathJax and gave up—MathJax just isn't made for that sort of thing. – dfeuer Dec 13 '13 at 20:36
As I answered here, tables are potentially supported by MarkDown, the language in which most other parts of the answers and questions are composed. It is unfortunate that to date tables support is not available on the SE sites. Currently the best work around is to use the code environment. Please see this answer.