Class TabularFormat<T>

Type Parameters:
T - the base type of objects parsed and formatted by this class.
All Implemented Interfaces:
Serializable, Cloneable, Localized
Direct Known Subclasses:
Feature­Format, Location­Format, Parameter­Format, Statistics­Format, Tree­Table­Format

public abstract class TabularFormat<T> extends CompoundFormat<T>
Base class for parser and formatter of tabular data, providing control on line and column separators. The line separator is specified by a string. But the column separator is specified by a pattern which provide some control on the character to repeat, and on the strings to insert before and after the repeated character. See the following methods for details:

Note for subclass implementions

This base class takes care of splitting a column separator pattern into its components (before­Fill, fill­Character and column­Separator) for easier usage in format(…) method implementations. Subclasses can use those fields like below:

Formatting table without border:

TableAppender table = new TableAppender(out, "");
// ... do some work, then add a column separator:

Formatting table with a border:

TableAppender table = new TableAppender(out, columnSeparator);
// ... do some work, then add a column separator:
See Also:

Defined in the sis-utility module

  • Field Details

  • Constructor Details

    • TabularFormat

      public TabularFormat(Locale locale, TimeZone timezone)
      Creates a new tabular format.
      locale - the locale to use for numbers, dates and angles formatting, or null for the root locale.
      timezone - the timezone, or null for UTC.
  • Method Details

    • getLineSeparator

      public String getLineSeparator()
      Returns the current line separator. The default value is system-dependent.
      the current line separator.
    • setLineSeparator

      public void setLineSeparator(String separator)
      Sets the line separator. Can not be a null or empty string.
      separator - the new line separator.
    • getColumnSeparatorPattern

      public String getColumnSeparatorPattern()
      Returns the pattern of characters used in column separators. Those characters will be used only if more than one column is formatted. See set­Column­Separator­Pattern(String) for a description of the pattern syntax.
      the pattern of the current column separator.
    • setColumnSeparatorPattern

      public void setColumnSeparatorPattern(String pattern) throws IllegalArgumentException
      Sets the pattern of the characters to insert between the columns. The pattern shall contain exactly one occurrence of the "[ ]" pair of bracket, with exactly one character between them. This character will be repeated as many time as needed for columns alignment.

      The formatting pattern can optionally be followed by a regular expression to be used at parsing time. If omitted, the parsing pattern will be inferred from the formatting pattern. If specified, then the parse method will invoke the Matcher​.find() method for determining the column boundaries.

      The characters listed below have special meaning in the pattern. Other characters are appended as-is between the columns.

      Reserved characters
      Character(s) Meaning
      '?' Omit the column separator for trailing null values.
      "[ ]"Repeat the character between bracket as needed.
      '/' Separate the formatting pattern from the parsing pattern.
      '\\' Escape any of the characters listed in this table.


      • If present, '?' shall be the first character in the pattern.
      • The repeated character (specified inside the pair of brackets) is mandatory.
      • In the current implementation, the repeated character must be in the Basic Multilanguage Plane.
      • If '/' is present, anything on its right side shall be compliant with the Pattern syntax.
      Example: The "?……[…] " pattern means "If the next value is non-null, then insert the "……" string, repeat the '…' character as many time as needed (may be zero), then insert a space".
      pattern - the pattern of the new column separator.
      Illegal­Argument­Exception - if the given pattern is illegal.
    • getColumnSeparatorMatcher

      protected Matcher getColumnSeparatorMatcher(CharSequence text)
      Returns a matcher for the column separators in the given text. This method is invoked by subclasses in their parse(…) implementations.
      text - the text for which to get a matcher.
      a matcher for the column separators in the given text.
    • clone

      public TabularFormat<T> clone()
      Returns a clone of this format.
      clone in class Compound­Format<T>
      a clone of this format.