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Re: export a org table to ascii format (tabs) are not conserved, culprit

From: Uwe Brauer
Subject: Re: export a org table to ascii format (tabs) are not conserved, culprit orgtbl-to-tsv?
Date: Tue, 31 May 2022 14:14:11 +0200
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> Uwe Brauer <oub@mat.ucm.es> writes:

> I think you might be working under a false expectation. A quick look at
> the exported table example and it looks to be correct to me - values are
> tab separated, with is what a tsv format is. There is no requirement
> that the columns should be aligned, only that they are separated by
> tabs. 

> With regards to more formatted output options, a common issue is with
> respect to the fonts people use. If the font being used to view th
> eoutput is a proportional font rather than a fixed width one, then all
> formatting will be broken. Most web interfaces tend to use proportional
> fonts due to their more pleasing look for most people. This is also why
> tables sent via email often don't look right for the recipient - they
> are using a proportional or condensed font. 

> As you have no control over the fonts used by those viewing your ASCII
> content, you cannot reliably make it look well formatted. Either you
> have to do HTML, some form of markdown or some other format with
> enforces tgable alignment.  

Ah, this of course is right, I did not think about it, right I checked
again, it is indeed a proportional font, so game over, sorry for the


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