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TBL(1)                      General Commands Manual                     TBL(1)



NAME
       tbl - format tables for nroff or troff

SYNOPSIS
       tbl [ files ] ...

DESCRIPTION
       Tbl is a preprocessor for formatting tables for nroff or troff(1).  The
       input files are copied to the standard output, except for lines between
       .TS  and  .TE  command  lines, which are assumed to describe tables and
       reformatted.  Details are given in the reference manual.

       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 Population
              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

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

SEE ALSO
       troff(1), eqn(1)
       M. E. Lesk, TBL.



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