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tbl(1) 					  User Commands 				     tbl(1) 

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

ATTRIBUTES
       See   attributes(5)  for descriptions of the following attributes:

       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Availability		     |SUNWdoc			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+

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

SunOS 5.11				    2 Aug 1994					     tbl(1)
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