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Tabbi : Aligns text as a table

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created by
Daniel Schemala
script type
A simple vim plugin that aligns text separated with tabs or two or more whitespaces, so that each part starts in the same column as in the other lines. Similar as a table, but without lines.

part one        part two     part three
another part one              another part two    another part three

part one                  part two                 part three
another part one    another part two   another part three

Usage: to align the whole buffer, type :Tabbi, for aligning parts type e.g. :10,20Tabbi or use visual mode.

With the function Tabb(<pattern> [<trim> [,<separator]]) it is possible to format the selected lines.
<pattern> is the pattern after which the lines should be formatted, §x or §x-y is replaced by the corresponding column. §- can be used to align the lines like the :Tabbi command.
<trim> is a boolean specifying if the parts are trimmed (default 0).
<sep> is a string or regular expression that specifies the string separating the line into columns. The default is tabs or two or more whitespaces.
See the plugin file for more details.

part one, part two  ,part three , part four, rest
one  , two , three

-> select the lines and type :call Tabb("§2: §1§- - §3-4", 1, ",")

part two: part one  - part three , part four
two: one                  - three
install details
Put tabbi.vim in the plugin folder (e.g. ~/.vim/plugin/).

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package script version date Vim version user release notes
tabbi.vim 1.2 2010-11-21 7.0 Daniel Schemala Whitespace at the beginning of the line are not pruned any more, and added a new formatting function.
tabbi.vim 1.1 2010-10-17 6.0 Daniel Schemala Works now also with two or more whitespaces as separator, and aligns with tabs or whitespaces according to the setting of “expandtab”.
tabbi.vim 1.0 2010-10-16 6.0 Daniel Schemala Initial upload
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