2.1.148 Part 1 Section 17.4.37, tbl (Table)

For additional notes that apply to this portion of the standard, please see the notes for oMath, §; oMathPara, §

a.   The standard states that when two tbl elements having the same style are present within the document content, without any intervening p elements, the corresponding tables shall be treated as a single table.

In Word, there is an exception to this behavior when at least one of the tables has an absolute position specified in its tblpPr element.  In this case, the corresponding tables are treated as distinct.