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[Groff] Re: another tbl peculiarity

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: [Groff] Re: another tbl peculiarity
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2008 06:57:57 +0100 (CET)

> > Apparently, heirloom's tbl uses the minimum width of the first
> > column for the whole span.
> I agree that this is not optimal, but I wouldn't alter the behavior
> without introducing additional options or such in order to avoid
> unexpected changes in existing documents.

Hmm.  While GNU tbl's output is debatable -- it is not documented
whether minimum width values should be used if a text block span
contains at least one column *without* a minimum width -- I think that
heirloom's output is really buggy.  Even for a table specification

  lw(3n) lw(9n) lw(3n)
  l      s      l.

heirloom tbl only applies the first column width to the whole text
block span.  This essentially prevents the use of text block spans, so
I doubt that you should take care of `unexpected changes in existing

However, you've convinced me to not change GNU tbl's behaviour, so I
will just document it.


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