TBL(1) User Commands TBL(1)

tbl - format tables for nroff or troff

tbl [-me] [-mm] [-ms] [filename]...

tbl is a preprocessor for formatting tables for nroff(1) or troff(1). The input filenames are copied to the standard output, except that lines between .TS and .TE command lines are assumed to describe tables and are reformatted.

If no arguments are given, tbl reads the standard input, so tbl may be used as a filter. When tbl is used with eqn(1) or neqn, the tbl command should be first, to minimize the volume of data passed through pipes.

-me
Copy the -me macro package to the front of the output file.

-mm

Copy the -mm macro package to the front of the output file.

-ms

Copy the -ms macro package to the front of the output file.

Example 1 Using tbl

As an example, letting `@' (at-sign) represent a TAB, which should be typed as an actual TAB character in the input file


.TS
c s s
c c s
c c c
l n n.
Household Population
Town@Households
@Number@Size
Bedminster@789@3.26
Bernards Twp.@3087@3.74
Bernardsville@2018@3.30
Bound Brook@3425@3.04
Branchburg@1644@3.49
.TE

yields

Household Population
Town Households
Number Size
Bedminster 789 3.26
Bernards Twp. 3087 3.74
Bernardsville 2018 3.30
Bound Brook 3425 3.04
Branchburg 1644 3.49

/usr/share/lib/tmac/e
-me macros

/usr/share/lib/tmac/m

-mm macros

/usr/share/lib/tmac/s

-ms macros

eqn(1), nroff(1), troff(1), attributes(7)

August 2, 1994 OmniOS