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format mixed integers & floats with text styling (see )

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  • Subject: [mg82189] format mixed integers & floats with text styling (see [mg51433] )
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2007 06:13:28 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • Reply-to: murray at

Two years ago in [mg51433] I posed this problem of formatting a table 
column having a mixture of integers and approximate numbers in such a 
way that the decimal point on the floats would be vertically aligned 
with the implied decimal on the integers.

For example, here's the data for the table:

    statNames = {"N", "Max", "Min", "Mean", "", "Median"};
    statNumbers = {40, 103, 2, 56.8, 22.5, 59};

The object was to combine these into a properly formatted table starting 

    (* original table *)

A good solution was proposed by Valeri Astanoff (sorry, I don't have the 
message reference number):


   (* aligned table *)
   TableForm[Transpose[{statNames, pad /@ statNumbers}]]

Now I need to complicate the problem by putting everything in a 
non-default font, by using, e.g.,

   fmtTxt[txt_]:=Style[txt, FontFamily -> "Arial",FontSize->12]

so that the TableForm expression is changed to:

   (* formatted table *)
   TableForm[Transpose[{fmtTxt/@statNames, fmtTxt/@ pad /@ statNumbers}]]

Unfortunately, this now breaks the nice vertical alignment.  How can the 
alignment of "aligned table" be restored but still use such text formatting?

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
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