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Re: [Groff] gtbl, T{ ... T} doesn't work?

From: Meg McRoberts
Subject: Re: [Groff] gtbl, T{ ... T} doesn't work?
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 02:33:38 -0700 (PDT)

Another trick is to put .tr ~ in the file before the .TS
It's only needed once per file even if you need it in multiple
tables.  Then you can leave the ~ characters in and they don't
show in the output.  It's handy when you are using TAB for tab
and have some lines where you have multiple blank columns.

I know this works with AT&T troff and I'm pretty sure I've used
it with groff.


--- address@hidden wrote:

> What I sometimes do, when I feel the need for properly aligned visual
> layout, is to space out with a character not occuring elsewhere, and
> finally remove it. At a pinch TAB (^I) will do, though often this
> puts in too much space. I rarely need "~" in tables, so tend to fill
> with "~" (my usualy tab separator is "#"). Then, at the end, block
> the table (I use 'vim') and do a global delete. E.g.
> ..TS
> tab(#);
> l l l l.
> Ed~~~~#James~#top~~~#bottom
> Albert#Fred~~#left~~#right
> Jim~~~#Wilf~~#back~~#front
> ..TE
> becomes, after blocking the 3 lines and then ":s/\~//g"
> ..TS
> tab(#);
> l l l l.
> Ed#James#top#bottom
> Albert#Fred#left#right
> Jim#Wilf#back#front
> ..TE
> Ted.
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