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Re: Using proportional (variable-width) fonts in Emacs23

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Using proportional (variable-width) fonts in Emacs23
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 20:14:32 +0200

> From: "Pascal J. Bourguignon" <address@hidden>
> Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 17:53:02 +0200
> rusi <address@hidden> writes:
> >> Unfortunately, Editors with proportional fonts don't
> >> have indenting and formating algorithms sophisticated enough to render
> >> code like in the later example (that would require even more than
> >> understanding the program!).
> >
> > Well that is (may be?) the current situation. Why cant it change?
> Because you would need strong AI to do it right

Not necessarily.  In Emacs, we can specify that text be displayed
aligned to a specific width in pixels.  See the node "Specified Space"
in the ELisp manual.  Perhaps display of programming languages could
use this feature to align program source even with proportional fonts.

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