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Re: Display tables and `tabify'

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Display tables and `tabify'
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 09:20:47 +0300

> From: Samuel Padgett <address@hidden>
> Date: 12 Apr 2001 19:00:00 -0400
> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
> > On 10 Apr 2001, Samuel Padgett wrote:
> > 
> > > The amount of whitespace in the buffer should stay the same.
> > 
> > I'm not sure.  `tabify' preserves the _visual_ appearence of the text.
> > For example, if you modify tab-width, the amount of TABs inserted by
> > `tabify' will change accordingly, right?  I don't see how your case is
> > different.
> Well, before running tabify the text looks like
> \t\tTime flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
> After tabify, it looks like
>     Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
> The visual appearance has changed, right?

My wording was unclear; sorry.  By ``visual appearance'' I meant the
visual appearence of the text indentation.  In other words, `tabify'
preserves the display column of each non-whitespace character.  Thus,
the capital `T' is left at column 4, as it was before `tabify'.

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