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Re: lynx-dev Complaint

From: Philip Webb
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Complaint
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 1999 11:08:12 -0500 (EST)

990311 S Adams wrote: 
> When are you going to fix Lynx v2.8 so text tables are viewed
> and printed out correctly?

1st, `you' is an international co-op of volunteers;
2nd, your own e-mail line-formatting could be improved;
3rd, 2-8 is rather old: you should get 2-8-1 from
tho' it doesn't do any better with tables.

> The problem .html is at
> Look at the "Effect of Velocity on Trajectory" table.
> There's no aligning of the columns.

that one's actually quite good compared with many ...

> Printing to a BBS communication program, Ripterm v 1.54,
> capture or log file, there is no column alignment,
> the text in the columns have no spaces between them.
>  has a good table viewer
>    is  a good table viewing striper (html to text)
>   is  a good table viewing striper (html to text)
> If the striper programs can show the tables OK, why can't Lynx?

everyone who develops Lynx -- in their spare time -- knows the problem,
which arises basically from the fact that Lynx makes just  1  pass
thro' the incoming data-stream, which makes Lynx very fast,
but prevents it from knowing in advance how wide to make table columns.
there's an awk script at 
or you can download the source & run it thro' your software above.

if you want to have a go at programming table support for Lynx
-- since you claim it's easy (smile) -- feel welcome to send in patches.

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