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NAME


tbl - format tables for nroff or troff

SYNOPSIS


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


DESCRIPTION


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.

OPTIONS


-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.


EXAMPLES


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


FILES


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


/usr/share/lib/tmac/m
-mm macros


/usr/share/lib/tmac/s
-ms macros


SEE ALSO


eqn(1), nroff(1), troff(1), attributes(5)


August 2, 1994 TBL(1)