Specifying plain text output

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• Subject: [mg39549] Specifying plain text output
• From: carlos at colorado.edu (Carlos Felippa)
• Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 03:38:50 -0500 (EST)
• Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

```I am converting an old code written 8 yrs ago in Mathematica 2.2 to
4.2, and would like to keep the same plain text tabular output.
To see what I mean, consider the 2.2 fragment

PrintNodeCoordinates[xyzcoor_]:= Module[
{numnod=Length[xyzcoor],t,n,c},
t=Table["   ",{numnod+1},{4}];
For [n=1,n<=numnod,n++,c=xyzcoor[[n]];
If [Length[c]<=2, AppendTo[c,0]];
If [Length[c]==1, AppendTo[c,0]];
t[[n+1,1]]=ToString[n];
];
t[[1]] = {"node","x","y","z"};
Print[TableForm[t,TableAlignments->{Right},
TableDirections->{Column,Row},TableSpacing->{0,1}]];
];
PrintNodeCoordinates[
{{2,3,2000},{5,a+b,168.09},{x_dir,y_dir,z_dir}}];

The output from 2.2 is

node  x     y     z
1     2     3     2000
2     5    a + b  168.09
3    x_dir y_dir z_dir

What you see is exactly what you get if you move the output cell
to another program like TeX, e.g. for verbatim display.
Running this under 4.2 gives a messy output.  Saving the output
cell with Save Selection As  -> Plain Text I see

\!\(\*
TagBox[GridBox[{
{"\<\"node\"\>", "\<\"x\"\>", "\<\"y\"\>", "\<\"z\"\>"},
{"\<\"1\"\>",
TagBox[
InterpretationBox["\<\" 2\"\>",
2,
Editable->False],

<30+ more lines snipped, you get the idea>

How can I get exact plain text output?   I looked for something
like a TextForm or PlainTextForm filter, so I could say

Print[PlainTextForm[TableForm[t,TableAlignments->{Right},
TableDirections->{Column,Row},TableSpacing->{0,1}]]];

but found nothing in the 4.2 help file. Is there a way?

```

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