ascii text format

Jonathan McKeown jonathan+freebsd-questions at
Fri Nov 21 05:39:28 PST 2008

On Friday 21 November 2008 12:49:16 pwn wrote:
> algouth this is not a freebsd specific text, i need to format some texts
> under freebsd for they appear in the center of the page when opened in a
> browser, but i dont want to use HTML for format them, i just want to add
> tabulation to my *.txt.
> what software/tool can i use for format my *.txt? there is command on
> VIM like "set textwidth" but this is not suitable for me. any help i
> appreciate.
> i add an example on a temporary host for make sure all understand.
> (i need to format the text for he appear like the example good.txt)

You seem to be fighting against your tools rather than working with them - the 
browser will strip out your whitespace and reflow your text anyway unless you 
prevent it somehow (<pre> tags?) so you might be better off just using 
HTML/CSS to control the format.

However, you could look at various tools for processing text, depending 
exactly what you're trying to do: the manpages for fmt, groff, and pr might 
all offer some ideas.


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