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You must pay close attention though ... as soon as you preview this, it will be converted to normal HTML; that means when you hit "submit", your ASCII will now be HTML brackets, and the result will be the actual table.
To avoid that you must enter the ASCII, then preview it, and while in preview mode, re-enter the ASCII in the preview window, then submit. It takes practice to get the hang of it, and is work-intensive enough to prevent you from doing it very often.
Another method, submitted by one of our FAQ owners:
"I use an alternate method for doing what's described in this entry, that some other folks might like. Type a FAQ entry that has raw HTML. Preview, and then if it needs edits, press the browser back button. Repeat this preview/back button process until your entry is complete. After the final preview, press the back button one more time, and then submit."