Seettin a min. length for tab-characters



  • Hi All,
    Notepad++ makes/shows/assigns variable tab-lengths , depending on I-don’t-know-what-parameters (line-lengths?) Is it possible to set a min. length for tab-characters (per pixel/inch/mm/point -whatever) or make them one-size. Some are so tiny/short that it is hard to spot them, which may lead to accidental-deletes.

    See an example in red-circle in the screenshoot below.

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    Thanks in advance,
    glossar



  • I meant “setting”, sorry for the typo!



  • @glossar said in Seettin a min. length for tab-characters:

    Notepad++ makes/shows/assigns variable tab-lengths

    Is it possible to set a min. length for tab-characters (per pixel/inch/mm/point -whatever)

    No.

    A “tab stop” occurs every N columns, where N = the number set in the Preferences for the file type you are editing. If you call it “variable tab-lengths” you are wrong and not thinking of it the correct way.

    If your text has a non-tab in column N - 2 and then a tab character occurs in column N - 1, there is no choice except the way it looks for you where you circled it in red.



  • Hi @glossar, @Alan-Kilborn

    I am not sure whether this could help you, but just in case you could take a look at the Elastic Tabstops plugin.

    On one hand it provides variable length tabs, but on the other it is not very configurable.

    Better see for yourself.

    HTH



  • @Alan-Kilborn

    Thanks, now I see what’s going on behind the scene. :) Tabularity, let’s call it so for a moment :)), may make sense and provide convenience, depending on the type of work one does with Notepad. But one convenience in an area shouldn’t cause another one to clear away, don’t you (or the makers of Notepad) think? :P The column-concept/feature may be of much importance and widely used/needed by the users; however, not all of us needs or use this feature. In fact, in this file of glossary, where entries are separated with tabs, I have nothing to do with coloumns (e.g. with vertical visual guides or vertical invisible column lines), tabs (hence their visual lengths) are much, much important to me than where they are in a line.

    It would be nice if we had had option about this, e.g., cancelling the tabularity/column feature, but I don’t think the developers would listen, after all, mine is just another user’s feature-wish.

    Anyway, wish you all a new year without Coronavirus,
    Greetings,
    glossar



  • @astrosofista said in Seettin a min. length for tab-characters:

    Hi @glossar, @Alan-Kilborn

    I am not sure whether this could help you, but just in case you could take a look at the Elastic Tabstops plugin.

    On one hand it provides variable length tabs, but on the other it is not very configurable.

    Better see for yourself.

    HTH

    Thanks, I’ll try it.

    glossar



  • @glossar said in Seettin a min. length for tab-characters:

    It would be nice if we had had option about this, e.g., cancelling the tabularity/column feature, but I don’t think the developers would listen, after all, mine is just another user’s feature-wish.

    The devs will listen and respond to requests that make sense.
    Yours, however, does not.
    You don’t get to change a half-century of how things work; sorry.
    You might as well attempt to redefine how “line endings” are (good luck).

    So for the files you are looking at, someone chose to use the tab character as a delimiter between data.
    Perhaps an (unfortunate) way of doing it, that also has some lengthy history to it, and you aren’t going to be able to change that either.

    So what can you do?
    Suggest you use Notepad++'s replacement feature to replace tab characters with something more appealing.
    Perhaps you replace \t in Extended or Reg. Exp. Search mode, with -------- ?

    Or maybe @astrosofista 's suggestion of the Elastic Tabstops plugin works for you.


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