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textutil::adjust(nText and string utilities, macro processitextutil::adjust(n)


       textutil::adjust - Procedures to adjust, indent, and undent paragraphs

       package require Tcl  8.2

       package require textutil::adjust	 ?0.7?

       ::textutil::adjust::adjust string ?option value...?

       ::textutil::adjust::readPatterns filename


       ::textutil::adjust::getPredefined filename

       ::textutil::adjust::indent string prefix ?skip?

       ::textutil::adjust::undent string


       The  package textutil::adjust provides commands that manipulate strings
       or texts (a.k.a. long strings or string with embedded newlines or para‐
       graphs), adjusting, or indenting them.

       The complete set of procedures is described below.

       ::textutil::adjust::adjust string ?option value...?
	      Do  a justification on the string according to the options.  The
	      string is taken as one big  paragraph,  ignoring	any  newlines.
	      Then  the	 line  is formatted according to the options used, and
	      the command returns a new string with enough  lines  to  contain
	      all  the printable chars in the input string. A line is a set of
	      characters between the beginning of the string and a newline, or
	      between  2  newlines,  or	 between  a newline and the end of the
	      string. If the input string is small enough, the returned string
	      won't contain any newlines.

	      Together	with ::textutil::adjust::indent it is possible to cre‐
	      ate properly wrapped paragraphs with arbitrary indentations.

	      By default, any occurrence of space or tabulation characters are
	      replaced	by a single space so that each word in a line is sepa‐
	      rated from the next one by exactly one space character, and this
	      forms  a real line.  Each real line is placed in a logical line,
	      which has exactly a given length (see the option -length below).
	      The  real line may be shorter. Again by default, trailing spaces
	      are ignored before returning the string (see  the	 option	 -full

	      The  following  options  may be used after the string parameter,
	      and change the way the command places a real line in  a  logical

	      -full boolean
		     If	 set to false (default), trailing space characters are
		     deleted before returning the string. If set to true,  any
		     trailing space characters are left in the string.

	      -hyphenate boolean
		     If	 set  to false (default), no hyphenation will be done.
		     If set to true, the command will  try  to	hyphenate  the
		     last  word	 of a line. Note: Hyphenation patterns must be
		     loaded prior, using the command ::textutil::adjust::read‐

	      -justify center|left|plain|right
		     Sets  the	justification of the returned string to either
		     left (default), center, plain or right. The justification
		     means  that  any line in the returned string but the last
		     one is build according to the value.  If  the  justifica‐
		     tion is set to plain and the number of printable chars in
		     the last line is less than 90% of the length  of  a  line
		     (see  the	option	-length),  then this line is justified
		     with the left value, avoiding the expansion of this  line
		     when it is too small. The meaning of each value is:

		     center The	 real line is centered in the logical line. If
			    needed, a set of space characters are added at the
			    beginning  (half of the needed set) and at the end
			    (half of the needed set) of the line  if  required
			    (see the option -full).

		     left   The	 real  line  is set on the left of the logical
			    line. It means that there are no  space  chars  at
			    the	 beginning  of	this  line.  If	 required, all
			    needed space chars are added at  the  end  of  the
			    line (see the option -full).

		     plain  The	 real line is exactly set in the logical line.
			    It means that there are  no	 leading  or  trailing
			    space  chars. All the needed space chars are added
			    in the real line, between 2 (or more) words.

		     right  The real line is set on the right of  the  logical
			    line.  It  means  that there are no space chars at
			    the end of this line, and there may be some	 space
			    chars  at  the  beginning,	despite	 of  the -full

	      -length integer
		     Set the length of the logical line in the string to inte‐
		     ger.   integer must be a positive integer value. Defaults
		     to 72.

		     boolean] If set to false (default), a line can exceed the
		     specified	-length	 if  a	single	word  is  longer  than
		     -length. If set to	 true,	words  that  are  longer  than
		     -length  are  split so that no line exceeds the specified

       ::textutil::adjust::readPatterns filename
	      Loads the internal storage for  hyphenation  patterns  with  the
	      contents	of  the	 file  filename.  This has to be done prior to
	      calling  command	::textutil::adjust::adjust  with   "-hyphenate
	      true", or the hyphenation process will not work correctly.

	      The package comes with a number of predefined pattern files, and
	      the command ::textutil::adjust::listPredefined can  be  used  to
	      find out their names.

	      This  command returns a list containing the names of the hyphen‐
	      ation files coming with this package.

       ::textutil::adjust::getPredefined filename
	      Use this command to query the package for the full path name  of
	      the  hyphenation file filename coming with the package. Only the
	      filenames	  found	  in   the   list   returned	by    ::textu‐
	      til::adjust::listPredefined  are	legal  arguments for this com‐

       ::textutil::adjust::indent string prefix ?skip?
	      Each line in the string is indented by adding the string	prefix
	      at  its beginning. The modified string is returned as the result
	      of the command.

	      If skip is specified the first skip lines	 are  left  untouched.
	      The  default  for	 skip  is  0,  causing the modification of all
	      lines. Negative values for skip are treated  like	 0.  In	 other
	      words, skip > 0 creates a hanging indentation.

	      Together	with ::textutil::adjust::adjust it is possible to cre‐
	      ate properly wrapped paragraphs with arbitrary indentations.

       ::textutil::adjust::undent string
	      The command computes the common prefix for all lines  in	string
	      consisting solely out of whitespace, removes this from each line
	      and returns the modified string.

	      Lines containing only whitespace	are  always  reduced  to  com‐
	      pletely  empty lines. They and empty lines are also ignored when
	      computing the prefix to remove.

	      Together with ::textutil::adjust::adjust it is possible to  cre‐
	      ate properly wrapped paragraphs with arbitrary indentations.

       This  document,	and the package it describes, will undoubtedly contain
       bugs and other problems.	 Please report such in the  category  textutil
       of	the	  Tcllib       SF	Trackers       [http://source‐].  Please also report any  ideas  for
       enhancements you may have for either package and/or documentation.

       regexp(n), split(n), string(n)

       TeX,  adjusting,	 formatting,  hyphenation,  indenting,	justification,
       paragraph, string, undenting

       Text processing

textutil			      0.7		   textutil::adjust(n)

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