The decimal tabulator is a functional unit for direct control to column- or comma-aligned write positions in tables.
While in text programs the tabulator
takes over thefunction of aligning the line start position or jumping to a preset writing position, the decimal tabulator takes over this task in the representation of decimal numbers.
In the tabular representation of decimal numbers, these are not written exactly one below the other, i.e. the comma alignment is not necessarily one below the other. For example, the decimal numbers 123.4 and 1.234 are not positioned so that the commas are positioned below each other. This alignment is done by the decimal tabulator, which ensures tabulation by control characters and program instructions.