Zend_Text_Table is a component to create text based tables
on the fly with different decorators. This can be helpful, if you either
want to send structured data in text emails, which are used to have
mono-spaced fonts, or to display table information in a CLI application.
Zend_Text_Table supports multi-line columns, colspan and
align as well.
Zend_Text_Table object consists of rows, which contain
columns, represented by
Zend_Text_Table_Column. When creating a table, you can
supply an array with options for the table. Those are:
columnWidths (required): An array defining all columns width their widths in characters.
decorator: The decorator to use for the table borders. The default is unicode, but you may also specify ascii or give an instance of a custom decorator object.
padding: The left and right padding withing the columns in characters. The default padding is zero.
AutoSeparate: The way how the rows are
separated with horizontal lines. The default is a
separation between all rows. This is defined as a bitmask
containing one ore more of the following constants of
Where header is always the first row, and the footer is always the last row.
Rows are simply added to the table by creating a new instance of
Zend_Text_Table_Row, and appending it to the table via the
appendRow() method. Rows themselves have no options. You can also
give an array to directly to the
appendRow() method, which then
will automatically converted to a row object, containing multiple column
The same way you can add columns to the rows. Create a new instance of
Zend_Text_Table_Column and then either set the column
options in the constructor or later with the
The first parameter is the content of the column which may have
multiple lines, which in the best case are separated by just the
'\n' character. The second parameter defines the align, which
is 'left' by default and can be one of the class constants of
The third parameter is the colspan of the column. For example, when you
choose "2" as colspan, the column will span over two columns of the table.
The last parameter defines the encoding of the content, which should be
supplied, if the content is neither ASCII nor UTF-8. To append the column
to the row, you simply call
appendColumn() in your row object
with the column object as parameter. Alternatively you can directly
give a string to the
To finally render the table, you can either use the
method of the table, or use the magic method
by doing echo $table; or
$tableString = (string) $table.
Example 68.2. Using Zend_Text_Table
This example illustrates the basic use of
to create a simple table:
$table = new Zend_Text_Table(array('columnWidths' => array(10, 20)));
// Either simple
// Or verbose
$row = new Zend_Text_Table_Row();
This will result in the following output:
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