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From "Henri Yandell (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Updated: (CLI-116) Allow to configure the with of the first column on the HelperFormatter.print() method
Date Mon, 10 Jul 2006 06:41:30 GMT
     [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CLI-116?page=all ]

Henri Yandell updated CLI-116:
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    Fix Version: 2.1

Setting as a feature request for 2.1 (2.0 should be releasable once a lot of tidying up has
gone on - so still months away). 

Any thoughts on this feature? (Andrew? James?).

> Allow to configure the with of the first column on the HelperFormatter.print() method
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>          Key: CLI-116
>          URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CLI-116
>      Project: Commons CLI
>         Type: Improvement

>     Versions: Nightly Builds
>     Reporter: David Leal
>      Fix For: 2.1

>
> Just to suggest to allow the user to controll the with of the first column of the generated
output from HelperFormatter.print() method, for the option description.
> Now this with is delimited by the longest option and some times it is not the best solution,
because the with of the second column (description) in order to fix the maximum length (default
80) has to be short.
> My suggestion is to give the possibility to the user to wrap the option definition (first
column), in case it is going to be longer to a given value. This is usefull for group options,
for example something like this:
> -report (-r)
>     -date|-list|-template|-param-names|-param-values|-format 
>       -date (-d) date
>       -list (-l)
>       -template (-t) template [template ...]
>       -param-names (-pNames) name [name ...]
>       -param-values (-pValues) value [value ...]
>       -format (-f) format [format ...]
> so the description field will be started after the longest option definition, at column
possition after: 
>     -date|-list|-template|-param-names|-param-values|-format 
> a better solution would be nevertheless to wrap also this line to a given length, for
example:
> -report (-r)
>     -date|-list|-template|-param-names
>      |-param-values|-format 
>       -date (-d) date
>       -list (-l)
>       -template (-t) template [template ...]
>       -param-names (-pNames) name [name ...]
>       -param-values (-pValues) value [value ...]
>       -format (-f) format [format ...]
> it is easy to see the line is wrapped because the indentation level, so now the second
column, that is the description, will come after the -param-names option definition which
is now the longest option definition.
> Thanks in advance,
> David Leal

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