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Re: Formatted output

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  • Subject: [mg39289] Re: Formatted output
  • From: Steve Gray <stevebg at>
  • Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 04:51:00 -0500 (EST)
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On Wed, 5 Feb 2003 05:21:08 +0000 (UTC), Steve Gray
<stevebg at> wrote:

>Hello all,
>	I want to produce a table of text output (in the same notebook
>my code is in). The output consists of many rows of numbers, each row
>containing the same number of numbers. For example the entire output
>might consist of 500 rows each having 7 columns. It is important for
>understanding the output to have well-formatted columns of a constant
>width regardless of the number of digits in each number (which will be
>no more than say 9). In the columns the numbers should be
>	"Print" does not seem to have enough control to do this. It's
>much less flexible than the print statement in C. What I need is
>something like that. I've been reading the book, sections 2.7, 2.8,
>etc., and it looks like I will have to write an actual (small) program
>to do this. 

	It's interesting that almost everyone who responded had a
somewhat  different answer. My own answer, which I found after
browsing in the Big Book and fooling around for a while, was to use
PaddedForm, which no one mentioned and which does most of what I need.
	I thank everyone who took time to respond. This group is a
very valuable resource.

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