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Re: CSS and 'tabs'?

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@iinet.net.au>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2003 13:46:09 +1100
Message-ID: <3FE65AF1.7060101@iinet.net.au>
To: www-style@w3.org

David Woolley wrote:
>>The other difference would be that text that exceeds the width to the
>>next tab stop and causes the next field to skip to the one after, would
> That would seem to me to be an argument againt tab stop based layout.
> Tab stops are really a technical solution to the problem of doing
> layout on a mechanical typewriter.
> As all ready noted, the browser developers rejected them in favour
> of tables, by sidelining HTML 3.0 and producing what had to be reverse
> engineered into HTML 3.2.

   I thought of a place where using tables, or other markup may be 
inappropriate to use as a substitute for tabs.  When marking up a 
section of code, within <code> or <blockcode> for XHTML, it is common 
for many authors to use tabs for indentation.  Many editors also reduce 
the spacing for tabs to 4 spaces, instead of the default 8 spaces.  It 
would be nice if CSS had a way to at least be able to set the default 
tab width for such cases.

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