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Unix Version 7 - man page for tbl (v7 section 1)

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 reformat- ted. 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 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. TBL(1)


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