When an order is placed, an email confirmation is sent. In this confirmation, the order itself is printed out. The problem is, that it's hard to make text-based tables without using Perl Formats, which have to be, as far as I can tell, directed to a file handle or STDOUT, which isn't too clean. I found that a little module called Text::FormatTable work wonders.
Using $^A (see perlvar) and formline you don't need to direct format output to a handle. When I found out about them, I documented it here. Text::Format looks a bit more comprehensive anyway, though :-)