[futurebasic] Re: [FB] Text Columns

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From: Martin Fitzgibbons <rush@...>
Date: Fri, 08 Oct 1999 09:41:19 +1000

Robert Purves wrote:

> >How do you save a file that has a list of words in columns so that when
> >you open it in another program such as Simpletext the column maintain
> >their appearance as they do on the printer and screen.
> >
> >I have tried using Tabs, Spaces, setting a monospaced font prior to
> >saving etc without success
>
> As an addition to this thread, there is a simple solution that works when
> you intend to open the file in a spreadsheet or a word processor. Insert
> explicit tab characters  CHR$(9)  between the columns:
>
> DIM j
> DEF OPEN ="TEXT"
> OPEN "O",1,"test"
> PRINT #1, "n"  CHR$(9) "n^2"  CHR$(9)  "n^3"
> FOR j=1 TO 10
>  PRINT #1, j  CHR$(9) j*j  CHR$(9)  j*j*j
> NEXT j
> CLOSE 1
>
> In a spreadsheet this will give three columns. It is similar in a word
> processor with tab stops but not, alas, in SimpleText.

This doesn't really work in a WP, if the words are too long in one column it
goes past the next tab spacing and still doesn't line up. So you really have
to pad it with spaces first.

Martin