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sr #110582: Bug comments should display tab characters conventionally

Submitter:  Dave <barx>
Submitted:  Mon 13 Dec 2021 01:08:51 AM UTC
Category:  Savannah trackers - bugs, tasks, etc. Priority:  5 - Normal
Severity:  2 - Minor Status:  None
Assigned to:  None Operating System:  None
Open/Closed:  Open
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Wed 25 May 2022 03:33:29 PM UTC, comment #3: 

We don't use <pre> in verbatim areas, it would introduce worse issues.

Ineiev <ineiev>
Site Administrator
Tue 24 May 2022 06:21:28 PM UTC, comment #2: 

comment #1:

> I have no idea how this could be implemented in a simple way.

This could be implemented in terms of placing &#x09; (ASCII tab) in an HTML <pre/> tag.

- <_312743>
Sat 18 Dec 2021 12:40:09 PM UTC, comment #1: 

I have no idea how this could be implemented in a simple way.

Ineiev <ineiev>
Site Administrator
Mon 13 Dec 2021 01:08:51 AM UTC, original submission:  

Tab characters in bug comments do not behave the way users are used to tabs behaving in most other contexts.

In regular text, tabs are displayed as single spaces:

a g
abc g
abcdef g

In verbatim text, they are displayed at a fixed width rather than making the things after them align:

a        g
abc        g
abcdef        g

In both cases the tabs display as expected in the textbox when entering the comment, but not when it's previewed or rendered.

In verbatim text especially, which often includes code snippets (where tabs are sometimes used to align elements), it seems tabs ought to display the way they do in most terminals and text editors.

Thanks for considering this.

Dave <barx>


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