Re: <PRE tab-width=4>

Keith M. Corbett (
Fri, 27 Jan 95 13:00:56 EST

At 09:02 AM 1/27/95 EST, Paul Grosso wrote:

>[...] 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.

Interesting point. "Indentation for legibility" is another (related)
concept. In the real world today there are many editors and applications
that use tab characters for alignment and indentation. Emacs seems to handle
this well.

I wonder, how do the big integrated SGML systems handle formatting of text
with embedded tab characters? This must be a common problem with legacy
data. How do applications like CALS cope? Are indentation and alignment
covered in the spec?