Vim has the neat Tabular plugin that allows you to quickly align some text. I use it a lot to align blocks of code along a certain character (mostly things like
=>). But it also does a very good job at ad-hoc tables. Given something like
|Name|Rank|No.| |Stan Ridgway|Private First Class|8797| |John Rambo|Private|889897| |George S. Patton|General|0879797|
it's easy to get it to end up like this:
| Name | Rank | No. | | Stan Ridgway | Private First Class | 8797 | | John Rambo | Private | 889897 | | George S. Patton | General | 0879797 |
Select it (or simply place the cursor on the first line), then execute
As I'm currently trying to cross-pollinate Emacs and Vi a bit, stealing from both sides, looking for matching plugins, etc., I'd like to do the same in Emacs. Now, for the aforementioned
align works very well, and even does most things pretty automagically.
And for the more complicated stuff, there's
align-regexp. I would dare a guess that it's probably just the matter of getting the right regexp to feed to it (probably in the
C-u prefixed extended version).
Any suggestions in this direction or other functions/packages?