Re: <PRE tab-width=4>

Paul Grosso (
Fri, 27 Jan 95 09:02:46 EST

> From: "Dave Raggett" <>
> > You might consider a TABSTOPS attribute too:
> > <!attlist pre
> > -- ... other attributes --
> > tabwidth NUMBER #IMPLIED
> > tabstops NUMBERS #IMPLIED
> >
> Do we really want to encourage people to use tab chars in PRE text?

No! Thank you, Dave, for saying what I was thinking. The entire
concept of "tabbing" is a throw back to typewriters. I don't feel
tabbing has any place in a proportional font/spacing world, much
less a bit mapped world. Alignment is a concept, and so are tables,
but "tab characters" are not.


Paul Grosso
VP Research Chief Technical Officer
ArborText, Inc. SGML Open