[texhax] Simulating dotted leading

Uwe Lueck uwe.lueck at web.de
Sun Jun 5 23:12:46 CEST 2011

"Philip TAYLOR (Webmaster, Ret'd)" <P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk> wrote 05.06.2011 20:39:28:
>Uwe Lueck wrote:
>> If it is so difficult with LaTeX, can Phil Taylor solve it without LaTeX?
> The original was in LaTeX, so I just hacked a Plain TeX solution into it :
> \begin{tabular}{c c}\toprule[.1em]
>  \multicolumn{2}{c}{In Spare Mirrors Box.}\\\hline
>  \multicolumn{2}{l}{Mirror, duplex \leaders \hbox {... }\hskip 3 in\ 1} \\
>  \multicolumn{2}{l}{Mirror, signalling \leaders \hbox {... }\hfill\ 1} \\
> \end{tabular}

I am indeed surprised and pleased how simple the left/right alignment
with column type `l' for the spanning cell is
(rather thought of and tried \begin{tabular}{lr}).

For the `... ... ...' requirement indeed I don't know of a LaTeX package
replacing the primitive \leaders commands, so this requirement
seems to have required a Plain TeX expert.



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