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bug #53057: Table column rendering needs more spacing or a better separator

Submitter:  Adonay Felipe Nogueira <adfeno>
Submitted:  Sat 03 Feb 2018 05:37:20 PM UTC
Category:  None Severity:  1 - Wish
Item Group:  None Status:  Invalid
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open
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Wed 01 Jan 2020 11:30:50 AM UTC, comment #5: 

Since I can no longer test or work on this issue I think one can close this issue if David Hedlund <beloved> has no objection.

Adonay Felipe Nogueira <adfeno>
Sat 03 Feb 2018 07:36:25 PM UTC, comment #4: 

Thomas, thank you very much for your attention.

As David pointed out, we did some testing and it seems related to the terminal's column/width number.

For example, the attached file was tested using GNOME Terminal, if I set the terminal text column width to 72 (default at least for me), then it renders correctly, but not if I set to 64.

To do such test I did the following:

  1. Open GNOME Terminal
  2. Go to Edit, Profile preferences.
  3. In General tab, check/enable custom terminal size.
  4. Set column to a value significantly shorter than the current one.
  5. Save and exit the preferences window, you should be back to GNOME Terminal, still unchanged.
  6. Open another GNOME Terminal (a new window, not a tab).
  7. Use Lynx in the new window.

(file #43164)

Adonay Felipe Nogueira <adfeno>
Sat 03 Feb 2018 07:15:36 PM UTC, comment #3: 

Thomas, if possible without to much effort, can you please give me the link where this issue were first reported?

David Hedlund <beloved>
Sat 03 Feb 2018 07:11:36 PM UTC, comment #2: 

Lynx 2.8.8pre.4 (installed from Trisquel) is affected too after all, I just have a wider monitor/higher screen resolution than Adfeno. I get the same issue when I reduce the width of the terminal window.

David Hedlund <beloved>
Sat 03 Feb 2018 06:32:31 PM UTC, comment #1: 

This is not a new issue.  If it were submitted to Debian bugs
for example, it would be a "wishlist" item.  If you have
improvements to discuss, the place to discuss those would
be on the lynx mailing list.  Other than that, there's no
reason to open a bug report.

Thomas Dickey <dickey>
Group administrator
Sat 03 Feb 2018 05:37:20 PM UTC, original submission:  

The attached file renders the tables incorrectly in Lynx.

The rendering causes the table columns to be separated only by a single space, making the text confusing to read.

The bug was found by Richard Stallman and, according to David Hedlund (from #fsf IRC channel in chat.freenode.net), RMS really wants this fixed so that he can browse https://directory.fsf.org/ .

Tested browsers which are affected

  • Lynx 2.8.9dev.16 (installed from GNU Guix in Trisquel 7).

Tested browsers which are not affected

  • Lynx 2.8.8pre.4 (installed from Trisquel).
  • GNU Emacs EWW is not affected by this issue, so the tables display normally there (emacs-version says: 25.3.1 (i686-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.22.15) of 2017-10-07. GNU Emacs was also installed from GNU Guix).
Adonay Felipe Nogueira <adfeno>


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file #43164:  lynx_table_test_2.html added by adfeno (372B - text/html - Add more minimal terminal width test.)
file #43162:  Lynx_2.8.9dev.16_from_GNU_Guix_in_Trisquel_7.png added by adfeno (118KiB - image/png - Added screenshots.)
file #43163:  Lynx_2.8.8pre.4_from_Trisquel.png added by adfeno (90KiB - image/png - Added screenshots.)
file #43161:  lynx_table_test.html added by adfeno (4KiB - text/html - Attach example.)


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2018-02-03 adfeno Attached File- Added lynx_table_test_2.html, #43164
    2018-02-03 dickey Severity3 - Normal 1 - Wish
        StatusNone Invalid
    2018-02-03 adfeno Attached File- Added Lynx_2.8.9dev.16_from_GNU_Guix_in_Trisquel_7.png, #43162
        Attached File- Added Lynx_2.8.8pre.4_from_Trisquel.png, #43163
    2018-02-03 adfeno Attached File- Added lynx_table_test.html, #43161
        Carbon-Copy- Added beloved
        Carbon-Copy- Added rms

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