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Re: [Groff] tbl and inter-column spacing

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: [Groff] tbl and inter-column spacing
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 09:37:14 +0200 (CEST)

> attached  is  an example (using `ms' macros).


> wheras, empirically, it seems that the `expand' works in such a way
> that it actually shrinks the table if it was too wide in the first
> place.  which sure is a feature in my view... but apparently it
> shrinks the table as far as possible without causing overlap of
> columns and that was what I've seen causing the seamless merging of
> some entries within the same row. question: would it not be nicer to
> stop the shrinking when the inter-column spacing has dropped to,
> say, one "m" space or something like that?

It would be nicer indeed, but for compatibility it isn't handled like

> Maybe one should add a corresponding remark to the manpage, e.g.
> expand -- Makes the table as wide as the current line length if
>           possble. For wide tables the effect might actually be a
>           squeezing of the inter-column spacing in the table in an
>           attempt to keep it completely on the page. The table might
>           extend into the right margin in this case.

I've just added something like that, thanks.

> question is, would it be possible for `tbl' to
> do a final check of table width vs. line  length/page  size?

In CVS.  Please test.


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