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4.2 Interlude: Referring to Format Tables

Gosh, that was a lot to digest, I know. Sorry. Let’s pause for a moment and catch our breath.

Whether it is to modify them or to actually use them, the rest of the library needs to refer to format tables in one way or another. You refer to a specific format table by using a so-called format table designator. Format table designators can be of various forms.

First of all, it is possible to use a table object directly (as returned by make-format-table). You may also refer to a format table by name, if you have registered it (see Table Registration) and finally, if you don’t specify anything, the so-called current format table is used (see Current Format Table).