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Re: Customizing tab stops

From: poppyer
Subject: Re: Customizing tab stops
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 11:01:17 +0800
User-agent: Emacs Gnus

Lowell Gilbert <address@hidden> writes:

: kj <address@hidden> writes:
:> In a Fundamental-mode buffer, inserting a tab causes the cursor to
:> jump to the next tab stop.  By default these tab stops are at
:> positions 8, 16, 24, etc.  I would like to customize these spacings
:> for a particular buffer.
:> I thought that the variable tab-stop-list would do the trick.  So
:> I made it local to the buffer, and used the command edit-tab-stops
:> to edit its value.  Originally its value was the default
:> (8 16 24 32 40 48 56 64 72 80 88 96 104 112 120)
:> and I changed it to
:> (16 27 58 68)
:> ...but the display of the buffer was not affected; i.e. the
:> tab-separated fields in the buffer remained at the default tab
:> stops.
:> I realize that the customized local value of tab-stop-list does
:> affect the behavior of the tab-to-tab-stop command in this buffer,
:> but this is not what I'm interested in.  I want to affect how Emacs
:> *displays* the text that follows a tab.
:> Is there a way to customize such display? 

setq default-tab-width will do part of the job, but I don't know if it
will suit your needs, because your tab-stops are uneven.


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