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formattedDisplayText

Capture display output as string

Description

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str = formattedDisplayText(X) returns the display output of X as a string. The string contains disp(X).

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str = formattedDisplayText(X,Name,Value) specifies formatting options for the string using one or more Name,Value arguments.

Examples

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Create a 3-by-3 diagonal matrix.

I = diag([1 1 1]);

Use formattedDisplayText to capture the matrix as a string.

strI = formattedDisplayText(I)
strI = 
    "     1     0     0
          0     1     0
          0     0     1
     "

You can also use expressions as inputs.

strIplus = formattedDisplayText(2*I + ones(3))
strIplus = 
    "     3     1     1
          1     3     1
          1     1     3
     "

Create a struct that contains information about a UI element.

S = struct('Type','Button','Size', 45,'Enabled',false)
S = struct with fields:
       Type: 'Button'
       Size: 45
    Enabled: 0

Use formattedDisplayText with the UseTrueFalseforLogical name-value argument to capture the struct as a string with logical values displayed as "true" or "false".

strS = formattedDisplayText(S,'UseTrueFalseForLogical',true)
strS = 
    "       Type: 'Button'
            Size: 45
         Enabled: false
     "

Create a table with customer names, account balances, and amounts of recent deposits.

Customer = ["Rivera";"Park";"Gupta"];
Balance = [5670;868.54;3015];
LastDeposit = [325.10;35.20;70];
T = table(Customer,Balance,LastDeposit)
T =

  3×3 table

    Customer    Balance    LastDeposit
    ________    _______    ___________

    "Rivera"      5670        325.1   
    "Park"      868.54         35.2   
    "Gupta"       3015           70   

Capture the table as a string. Use name-value arguments to set the numeric format to bank style, suppress the boldface markup of the column headings, and remove an extra blank line with compact line spacing.

strT = formattedDisplayText(T,'NumericFormat','bank',...
'SuppressMarkup',true,'LineSpacing','compact')
strT = 

    "    Customer    Balance    LastDeposit
         ________    _______    ___________
         "Rivera"    5670.00      325.10   
         "Park"       868.54       35.20   
         "Gupta"     3015.00       70.00   
     "

Input Arguments

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Input array.

Name-Value Pair Arguments

Specify optional comma-separated pairs of Name,Value arguments. Name is the argument name and Value is the corresponding value. Name must appear inside quotes. You can specify several name and value pair arguments in any order as Name1,Value1,...,NameN,ValueN.

Example: 'NumericFormat','shortE'

Format for numeric values, specified as one of the formats in the table:

Style

Result

Example

'short'

Short, fixed-decimal format with 4 digits after the decimal point.

3.1416

'long'

Long, fixed-decimal format with 15 digits after the decimal point for double values, and 7 digits after the decimal point for single values.

3.141592653589793

'shortE'

Short scientific notation with 4 digits after the decimal point.

3.1416e+00

'longE'

Long scientific notation with 15 digits after the decimal point for double values, and 7 digits after the decimal point for single values.

3.141592653589793e+00

'shortG'

Short, fixed-decimal format or scientific notation, whichever is more compact, with a total of 5 digits.

3.1416

'longG'

Long, fixed-decimal format or scientific notation, whichever is more compact, with a total of 15 digits for double values, and 7 digits for single values.

3.14159265358979

'shortEng'

Short engineering notation (exponent is a multiple of 3) with 4 digits after the decimal point.

3.1416e+000

'longEng'

Long engineering notation (exponent is a multiple of 3) with 15 significant digits.

3.14159265358979e+000

'+'

Positive/Negative format with +, -, and blank characters displayed for positive, negative, and zero elements.

+

'bank'

Currency format with 2 digits after the decimal point.

3.14

'hex'

Hexadecimal representation of a binary double-precision number.

400921fb54442d18

'rational'

Ratio of small integers.

355/113

Format for line spacing, specified as 'loose' or 'compact':

Style

Result

Example

'compact'

Suppress excess blank lines to show more output on a single screen.

theta = pi/2
theta =
  1.5708

'loose'

Add blank lines to make output more readable.

theta = pi/2

theta =

  1.5708

Status of display markup, specified as false or true. When the argument is set to false, the output appears exactly as it would in the Command Window, including documentation hyperlinks and boldface on table headers, for example. When the argument is set to true, the output does not show markup, such as hyperlinks and boldface.

Logical value display preference, specified as false or true. When the argument is set to false, logical values appear as 1s and 0s. When the argument is set to true, logical values appear as the words "true" and "false".

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Introduced in R2021a