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Corey Hartman
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Can anyone explain why this will not pad?? It keeps displaying normally, even if i add spaces it will not work, this is getting very frustrating lol.


This is what it is printing:

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lastname, firstname, 123-12-1234, 16

The lastname, firstname, 123-12-1234, 16 should be padded and appear with about 20 spaces between them.


 
Stevens Miller
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The padding appears for me, Corey. What are you using to look at your output? Web browsers behave the way you are describing, collapsing multiple white spaces into just one space.

Might also help if you listed a bit more of the surrounding code.
 
Paul Clapham
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You don't say what you are using to view this "printing". If for example you use HTML to view it -- as is the case here -- then HTML is designed to compress multiple spaces into a single space, and it throws away all your hard work. So how are you looking at that output?
 
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Looks like we got it, Paul: he's marked it to be resolved.
 
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Then it's worth noting that not all of HTML compresses whitespace. Text which is inside a <pre> element is exempt from that rule, and all whitespace including line-endings is left as is.
 
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I knew about the <pre> exception, but not the EOL exception. Thanks for the tip!
 
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