### extracting table from text files

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**Wed Jun 15, 2005 12:07 am**I have tables embedded in pure text files. I am trying to extract these tables of data and generate structured tables. the test files i am using do not embed tags or special delimiters, just uneven space.

text file example:

---------------------------------------------------------

X is the x axis defined as ............

Y is the iiiii

the area XY is the integral of ......

several points on line are as follows

X Y Z

------ ----- ------

a 1.2 3 2

b 3 2.2 11

c 4 1.2 2.1

a and b represent the base

however c may represent ..........

---------------------------------------------------------

how would i be able just to extract

X Y Z

------ ----- ------

a 1.2 3 2

b 3 2.2 11

c 4 1.2 2.1

from the text file?

any suggestions?

Thanks

text file example:

---------------------------------------------------------

X is the x axis defined as ............

Y is the iiiii

the area XY is the integral of ......

several points on line are as follows

X Y Z

------ ----- ------

a 1.2 3 2

b 3 2.2 11

c 4 1.2 2.1

a and b represent the base

however c may represent ..........

---------------------------------------------------------

how would i be able just to extract

X Y Z

------ ----- ------

a 1.2 3 2

b 3 2.2 11

c 4 1.2 2.1

from the text file?

any suggestions?

Thanks