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GTBL(1)								       GTBL(1)

NAME
       gtbl - format tables for troff

SYNOPSIS
       gtbl [ -Cv ] [ files...	]

DESCRIPTION
       This manual page describes the GNU version of tbl, which is part of the
       groff document formatting system.  tbl compiles descriptions of	tables
       embedded	 within troff input files into commands that are understood by
       troff.  Normally, it should be invoked using the -t  option  of	groff.
       It is highly compatible with Unix tbl.  The output generated by GNU tbl
       cannot be processed with Unix troff; it	must  be  processed  with  GNU
       troff.	If  no files are given on the command line, the standard input
       will be read.  A filename of - will cause  the  standard	 input	to  be
       read.

OPTIONS
       -C     Recognize	 .TS  and  .TE even when followed by a character other
	      than space or newline.

       -v     Print the version number.

USAGE
       Only the differences between GNU tbl and Unix tbl are described here.

       Normally tbl attempts to prevent undesirable breaks  in	the  table  by
       using  diversions.   This can sometimes interact badly with macro pack‐
       ages' own use of diversions, when footnotes,  for  example,  are	 used.
       The nokeep option tells tbl not to try and prevent breaks in this way.

       The decimalpoint option specifies the character to be recognized as the
       decimal point character in place of the default period.	 It  takes  an
       argument	 in  parentheses, which must be a single character, as for the
       tab option.

       The f format modifier can be followed by an arbitrary length font  name
       in parentheses.

       There  is  a  d	format modifier which means that a vertically spanning
       entry should be aligned at the bottom of its range.

       There is no limit on the number of columns in a table, nor any limit on
       the  number of text blocks.  All the lines of a table are considered in
       deciding column widths, not just the  first  200.   Table  continuation
       (.T&) lines are not restricted to the first 200 lines.

       Numeric and alphabetic items may appear in the same column.

       Numeric and alphabetic items may span horizontally.

       tbl  uses register, string, macro and diversion names beginning with 3.
       When using tbl you should avoid using any names beginning with a 3.

BUGS
       You should use .TS H/.TH in conjunction with a supporting macro package
       for  all	 multi-page boxed tables.  If there is no header that you wish
       to appear at the top of each page of the	 table,	 place	the  .TH  line
       immediately  after the format section.  Do not enclose a multi-page ta‐
       ble within keep/release macros, or divert it in any other way.

       A text block within a table must be able to fit on one page.

       The bp request cannot be used to force a page-break in a multi-page ta‐
       ble.  Instead, define BP as follows

	      .de BP
	      .ie '\\n(.z'' .bp \\$1
	      .el \!.BP \\$1
	      ..

       and use BP instead of bp.

       Using  \a  directly  in	a table to get leaders will not work.  This is
       correct behaviour: \a is a uninterpreted leader.	 To get leaders use  a
       real leader, either by using a control A or like this:

	      .ds a \a
	      .TS
	      tab(;);
	      lw(1i) l.
	      A\*a;B
	      .TE

SEE ALSO
       groff(1), gtroff(1)

Groff Version 1.17.2		 27 June 2001			       GTBL(1)
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