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Re: Variable-width font indentation

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Variable-width font indentation
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2018 05:43:55 +0200

> From: James Cloos <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden,  address@hidden,  address@hidden
> Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2018 17:18:12 -0500
> >>>>> "EZ" == Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
> EZ> Then I really don't understand why you think it's a good start.  I
> EZ> think it's a step in the wrong direction, because it will make things
> EZ> worse than they are now: what we have now makes sure the initial
> EZ> whitespace changes in sync on all lines of the buffer, so that the
> EZ> first non-whitespace characters on each line stay aligned.
> I have not re-compiled in a while, nor did I read the whole thread.
> Perhaps things have progressed since the version I currently have.
> Consistent and not-too-small indenting is important.  Basing indents on
> the width of the fixed pitch space and tab stops on a multiple of that
> would help, compared to what the version I have does.

I don't think anything's happened in this regard lately.  A tab was
always rendered on GUI frames as a stretch whose width is an integral
multiple of the space width of the font.  Except in the Windows port,
the space width is actually the width of the font glyph that displays
the space character.  So I'm not sure I understand what problems you

Can you provide a concrete example where the behavior you describe
produces bad results?

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