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4.6 Tabbing

The tabbing environment lets you create tab stops so that you can tab to a particular distance from the left margin. Within the tabbing environment, you can use the command \= to set a tab stop, \> to jump to the next tab stop, \< to go back a tab stop, \+ to shift the left border by one tab stop to the right, \- to shift the left border by one tab stop to the left. In addition, \\ will start a new line and \kill will set any tabs stops defined in that line, but will not typeset the line itself.


You may recall two of the above commands from Volume 1: \- was described as a discretionary hyphen in Hyphenation and \= was described as the macron accent command in Special Characters and Symbols. These two commands take on different meanings when they are used in the tabbing environment.[Accents misbehave in tabbing] If you want accents in your tabbing environment, either use the inputenc package (see Volume 1) or use \a<accent symbol>{<c>}, for example \a"{u} instead of \"{u}.


Zero \=One \=Two \=Three\\
\>First tab stop\\
\>\>Second tab stop

This produces the following output:

Image showing typeset output

Another Example:

This example sets up four tab stops, but ignores the first line:

AAA \=BBBB \=XX \=YYYYYY \=Z \kill
\>\>\>Third tab stop\\
\>a \>b \> \>c

This produces the following output:

The first line isn't shown

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