Code section TAB test
12-30-2019, 09:28 AM (This post was last modified: 12-30-2019 09:29 AM by ijabbott.)
Post: #1
 ijabbott Senior Member Posts: 926 Joined: Jul 2015
Code section TAB test
All intra-line whitespace below the ruler line consists of ASCII TAB characters. Will the tab stops line up?

Code:
         1         2         3         4         5 12345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890 a    a    a    a    a ab    ab    ab    ab    ab abc    abc    abc    abc    abc abcd    abcd    abcd abcde    abcde    abcde abcdef    abcdef    abcdef abcdefg    abcdefg    abcdefg

Nope.

— Ian Abbott
12-30-2019, 01:14 PM (This post was last modified: 12-30-2019 01:16 PM by Joe Horn.)
Post: #2
 Joe Horn Senior Member Posts: 1,687 Joined: Dec 2013
RE: Code section TAB test
Never use tabs for anything on the web. Use explicit spaces instead, like this:

Code:
         1         2         3         4         5 12345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890 a       a       a       a       a ab      ab      ab      ab      ab abc     abc     abc     abc     abc abcd    abcd    abcd abcde   abcde   abcde abcdef  abcdef  abcdef abcdefg abcdefg abcdefg

This actually is a Good Thing, since tab width is variable and therefore unpredictable in plain-text files, whereas spaces are predictable in code blocks in this forum.

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12-30-2019, 06:28 PM
Post: #3
 ijabbott Senior Member Posts: 926 Joined: Jul 2015
RE: Code section TAB test
(12-30-2019 01:14 PM)Joe Horn Wrote:  Never use tabs for anything on the web. Use explicit spaces instead, like this:

Code:
         1         2         3         4         5 12345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890 a       a       a       a       a ab      ab      ab      ab      ab abc     abc     abc     abc     abc abcd    abcd    abcd abcde   abcde   abcde abcdef  abcdef  abcdef abcdefg abcdefg abcdefg

This actually is a Good Thing, since tab width is variable and therefore unpredictable in plain-text files, whereas spaces are predictable in code blocks in this forum.

Hi Joe, I'm aware of that. The issue of tab stops not lining up came up in a recent thread, so I just created this thread to demonstrate the current behaviour.

In theory, it is fixable in the MyBB PHP code (and it would be great if it that also had an option to set the tab width, using something like [code tabwidth=8], for example), although I'm not expecting it to get fixed. The PHP code would just need to work out how many &nbsp; entities to emit for each TAB character, instead of always emitting exactly four &nbsp; entities.

— Ian Abbott
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