Version 0.5.0 of asciitable, an extensible module for reading and writing ASCII tables, is now available.  This release features a new function to guess the table format from the supported formats within asciitable.  This function is now called by default within asciitable.read().

  http://cxc.harvard.edu/contrib/asciitable/#guess-table-format

Other updates include:

- Added support for whitespace (tab or space) delimited tables by setting
  the delimiter parameter to "\s".
- Improved support for RDB tables by parsing the second line which specifies
  column type and (optionally) width.  These values are written out if
  available when writing an RDB table.
- More rigorous checking of format compatibility for several table formats.



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