Generate Markdown table structure with TextExpander (shell script)


No matter how you try and avoid it, sometimes the best way to show something is in a table. Tables look ugly as hell in Markdown, and I always find myself missing the | bits and messing up the table. So I wrote this quick TextExpander shell script snippet in order to generate them. It asks for the number of rows and the number of columns and then generates a table framework you can work inside.

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You could easily modify this to work as an Applescript, etc — just find some other way to define the values of the rows and columns variables. Here’s the code:

#!/bin/bash
rows=%filltext:name=Rows:default=6%
columns=%filltext:name=Columns:default=4%
echo -n "|"
    for i in `seq 1 $columns`
    do
        echo -n -e "\t\t\t|"
    done
echo ""
echo -n "|"
    for i in `seq 1 $columns`
    do
        echo -n -e ":-\t\t\t|"
    done
echo ""
for i in `seq 1 $rows`
do
    echo -n "|"
        for i in `seq 1 $columns`
            do
            echo -n -e "\t\t\t|"
        done
    echo ""
done