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Equivalent of 'TAB' in HTML

Posted on 2001-07-30
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Is there any tag in HTML to represent a tab?. I don't wish to specify &nbsp 8 times. (Assuming user has set tab = 8 spaces)
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by:a.marsh
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Not that I know of.

Have you perhaps considered using the <pre></pre> tags? Not that I like to use them myself.

Compare:

<p>        Eight spaces before and after.        </p>
<pre>        Eight spaces before and after.        </pre>



:o)

Ant
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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No but if there are multiple spaces you can preserve them without &nbsp; by enclosing the text in <pre> </pre> which will retain the formatting

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by:COBOLdinosaur
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Sorry ant, didn't see your post.

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by:a.marsh
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There are lots of other ways you can use to get the same effect. One common way is to use a transparent gif and resize it accordingly to "indent" text.

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by:a.marsh
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Just pipped you there! :oP

Great minds and all that!

:o)

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by:prashant_n_mhatre
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Thank you all!!!
I know <pre> and I use the same instead of &nbsp. Actually I was wondering if html supports some keyword that does the same job.
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coreyti earned 20 total points
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What about CSS guys???

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<html>
<head>
     <title>nothing to see here</title>
     <style type="text/css">
          .tabOne {
               text-indent: 40pt;
          }
     </style>
</head>

<body>
<p class="tabOne">
     Here is a paragraph with one tab<br>
     on the leading line. Every subsequent<br>
     line is leftmost.
</p>
</body>
</html>
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Change the pt size to suit your tastes (can also be px, em, ex, or %).

-corey
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by:webwoman
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The one problem I see with this is that if you're just using it to indent the first line of a paragraph it's unnecessary -- there's space after a paragraph by default, and the typography standard is either first line indent OR space after... even for print. ;-)

CSS would work, provided the browser supports that attribute. Some don't, and you can get some strange things happening in older browsers that don't have good CSS support.

If you're using it to align multiple columns, use a table. Not that the pre tag won't work, mind you. And if you're getting this text from a file that doesn't translate well into tables, pre is the easiest way to go -- in theory it would be better to put it into tables, but if you've got 20 pages of data from a report and some of the cells are multi-line entries but the data is in txt format and there are returns between them... pre works just fine. At least you can get the page done in this lifetime.. (I live in the real world too) ;-)
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by:prashant_n_mhatre
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Thank you all. Yeah...CSS seems to be a better idea.
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