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TBL(1)                      General Commands Manual                     TBL(1)



NAME
       tbl - format tables for nroff or troff

SYNOPSIS
       tbl [ -ms ] [ filename ] ...

AVAILABILITY
       This  command  is available with the Text software installation option.
       Refer to for information on how to install optional software.

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.  Details are given in

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

EXAMPLE
       As  an  example, letting \t represent a TAB (which should be typed as a
       genuine TAB) the input

              .TS
              c s s
              c c s
              c c c
              l n n.
              Household\tPopulation
              Town\tHouseholds
              \tNumber\tSize
              Bedminster\t789\t3.26
              Bernards Twp.\t3087\t3.74
              Bernardsville\t2018\t3.30
              Bound Brook\t3425\t3.04
              Branchburg\t1644\t3.49
              Bridgewater\t7897\t3.81
              Far Hills\t240\t3.19
              .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
              Bridgewater      7897    3.81
              Far Hills         240    3.19

SEE ALSO
       eqn(1), nroff(1), troff(1)

                               21 December 1987                         TBL(1)