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3.7.11 Plain Text

Writes tables in a simple text-based format designed to be read by humans. No reader exists for this format.

The handler behaviour may be modified by specifying one or more comma-separated name=value configuration options in parentheses after the handler name, e.g. "text(maxParam=160,params=true)". The following options are available:

maxParam = <int>
Maximum width in characters of an output table parameter. Parameters with values longer than this will be truncated.
params = true|false
Whether to output table parameters as well as row data.
maxCell = <int>
Maximum width in characters of an output table cell. Cells longer than this will be truncated.

Multiple tables may be written to a single output file using this format.

An example looks like this:

Table name: animals.vot
Description: Some animals
Author: Mark Taylor
+-------+-----------+---------------+------+--------+--------+
| RECNO | SPECIES   | NAME          | LEGS | HEIGHT | MAMMAL |
+-------+-----------+---------------+------+--------+--------+
| 1     | pig       | Pigling Bland | 4    | 0.8    | true   |
| 2     | cow       | Daisy         | 4    | 2.0    | true   |
| 3     | goldfish  | Dobbin        |      | 0.05   | false  |
| 4     | ant       |               | 6    | 0.001  | false  |
| 5     | ant       |               | 6    | 0.001  | false  |
| 6     | queen ant | Ma'am         | 6    | 0.002  | false  |
| 7     | human     | Mark          | 2    | 1.8    | true   |
+-------+-----------+---------------+------+--------+--------+

The handler class for this format is TextTableWriter.


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STIL - Starlink Tables Infrastructure Library
Starlink User Note252
STIL web page: http://www.starlink.ac.uk/stil/
Author email: m.b.taylor@bristol.ac.uk