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* tbl(7) output in -Tlocale
@ 2014-10-14 10:10 Anthony J. Bentley
  2014-10-14 13:56 ` Ingo Schwarze
  2018-11-28  5:11 ` Ingo Schwarze
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From: Anthony J. Bentley @ 2014-10-14 10:10 UTC (permalink / raw)
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In a UTF-8 locale, groff will output tables with box-drawing characters.
This provides a noticeable increase in readability in terminals.

Rather than the ASCII characters +, |, and - for borders, it uses the
Unicode range U+2500 to U+256C or so.

For example, this table:

Data 1
Data 2

uses U+2500 BOX DRAWINGS LIGHT HORIZONTAL for the horizontal line.

This table:

tab(:) box;
c5 c5 c5.

uses U+2500 and U+2502 for the sides, and U+250C, U+2510, U+2514, and
U+2518 for the corners.

tab(:) doublebox;
c5 c5 c5.

This is an example where Groff's output is not very good: it renders as
'box' does but duplicating the top and bottom lines. Nicer would be to
use U+2550/U+2551 for the sides and U+2554, U+2557, U+255A, and U+255D
for the corners. (Even in ASCII mode it would make more sense to use =
instead of doubling up on -, since they don't make a pretense of doubling
the vertical sides anyway.)

The 'allbox' option uses everything that 'box' does plus U+251C, U+2524,
U+252C, U+2534, and U+253C. Of course, allbox isn't implemented in mandoc

Anthony J. Bentley
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