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[StrongED] Re: Manual - Tabstops

In article <204d26443ce290c70a804b2e3a130f17@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
   Jeremy Nicoll - ml sed <jn.ml.sed45@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 2018-06-24 13:57, Richard Torrens (lists) wrote:
> > Being stuck on other things, I'm now trying to understand Tabstops in 
> > the
> > ModeFiles...
> > 
> > I understand how to define them - but how do you engage them?
> > 
> > Complicated Tabs will be most useful on a file-by-file basis. But 
> > putting
> > e.g.
> >  tabstops [tab]	9,12,33*4
> > in the first line of head of the PipeDream file...

> Surely that's not right?   (Though it's years since I last used SE.)

No it is not! Or there would be no question to ask!

> I would have expected that the file itself would need to be a TSV one.

Why? The text concerned is csv content. As I stated the PipeDream file was
then saved as text.

> Then with the tabstops definition in the corresponding modefile SE would
> show the data spaced out in columns matching the tabstops-defined 
> widths.

That is what is expected, yes.

> If it really can work with a file-specific embedded directive telling SE
> what to use when displaying just that file, why wouldn't the directive
> start with "StrongEd$" in the same way as the window width, mode choice
> etc directives do (or used to, last time I used this)?

This gave a clue: there is a section in the StrongHelp "Options embedded
in the text". This answers some of the queries.

And yes it should be StrongED$Tabstops	9,12,33*4

But that does not work! 

FWIW: Fred has a preference that, in re-writing the instructions as html,
I show my lack of knowledge by asking via the list as answers may help

Fred, unfortunately, has other worries on his mind at the moment.

Richard Torrens.
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