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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:16 PM
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Two Easy Formatting Tricks!
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 01:18 PM by ribofunk
When cutting and pasting the results of, say, a poll, I always want the columns to line up -- but they often don't, partly due to proportional spacing:

Bush.............46.0
Kerry............49.5
Other.............3.2
Not sure..........1.3
Total...........100.0

By adding "tt" between square brackets, you can specify a "typewriter" font that has the same width for all characters:

Kerry............49.5
Other.............3.2
Not sure..........1.3
Total...........100.0


I also want to insert extra blank spaces sometimes, but multiple spaces are normally reduced to one space. So, in the previous example, if the dots ("......") are replaced by spaces, you get the following:

Bush 46.0
Kerry 49.5
Other 3.2
Not sure 1.3
Total 100.0

To show each blank space separately, you can put "pre" between square brackets (indicating that the text is pre-formatted), and voila!

Bush             46.0 
Kerry 49.5
Other 3.2
Not sure 1.3
Total 100.0


I've been trying to find a way to do this ever since I started posting at DU three years ago, and just found how by looking at an old HTML guide:

http://archive.ncsa.uiuc.edu/General/Internet/WWW/HTMLP...

Most of the tags work on DU if you substitute square brackets for the "<" and ">" signs.
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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:20 PM
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1. In that case, could you use table tags?
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:26 PM
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2. Yes, Table Tags Used to be Part of the Pop-Up DU HTML Guide
I've used them a couple of times, but they're pretty clunky and complicated for most posting purposes.

Although cutting and pasting the HTML for a table from another sire resulted in a black screen for some reason. Don't know why this is.
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:28 PM
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4. Results of Copying Table HTML. You Might Want to Try Your Own Tags:












first row, first cell contents
first row, last cell contents



You might want to try your own tags. I know it's worked.



caption contents
first header cell contents last header cell contents
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:28 PM
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3. Be Careful
You may regret bestowing knowledge upon the unwashed masses.

:)
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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:15 PM
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7. The phrase "unwashed masses" should be banned from DU!
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katieforeman Donating Member (785 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:55 PM
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5. Thanks. That's helpful.
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SheWhoMustBeObeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:56 PM
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6. Cool, thanks!
:thumbsup:
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 12:37 AM
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8. cool.. thanks
Edited on Thu Apr-08-04 12:37 AM by SoCalDem

Bush 46.0
Kerry 49.5
Other 3.2
Not sure 1.3
Total 100.0
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