asciitable 0.2.4: an extensible ASCII table reader

Tald taldcroft at
Thu May 27 22:01:30 CEST 2010

I'm pleased to announce the release of version 0.2.4 of the asciitable
module.  Please see the project home page or PyPI for download and

At the top level asciitable looks like many other ASCII table readers
since it provides a default read() function with a long list of
parameters to accommodate the many variations possible in commonly
encountered ASCII table formats. But unlike other monolithic table
reader implementations, asciitable is based on a modular and
extensible class structure. Formats that cannot be handled by the
existing hooks in the read() function can be accomodated by modifying
the underlying class methods as needed.

Asciitable can read a wide range of ASCII table formats via built-in
Extension Reader Classes (derived from base class elements):

 * Basic: basic table with customizable delimiters and header
 * Cds: CDS format table (also Vizier and ApJ machine readable tables)
 * CommentedHeader: column names given in a line that begins with the
comment character
 * Daophot: table from the IRAF DAOphot package
 * Ipac: IPAC format table
 * NoHeader: basic table with no header where columns are auto-named
 * Rdb: tab-separated values with an extra line after the column
definition line
 * Tab: tab-separated values

Copyright: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (2010)
Author: Tom Aldcroft (aldcroft at
License: BSD (3-clause)

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