Using Tab Alignment

What you need to know first: Clearing Tabs and Setting Tabs.

Code Used: [ctb] and [stb...] and [#S] These are used in combination to set up one or more tabs, and then use them.

Keystroke: (None)

What does it do?

It positions the next word (or group of characters) to a specified tab stop in the braille document.

Where would it be used?

To place words in specific columns, as in the following example from an inkprint text.

Day       Morning   Afternoon
Monday    Lessons
Tuesday             Lessons
Wednesday           Free

Usage in DBT:


Produces in Braille:

,"d      ,morn+    ,afn
,mon"d   ,lessons
,tues"d            ,lessons
,w$nes"d           ,free

Let us explain!

The [ctb] code clears any existing Tabs which you have set.

[stbS:A:P] This sets tab stops where:

S = The tab stop number. e,g 1, 2, 3, 4. (Maximum is 9.)

A = Tab Alignment where L = Left, R = Right, C = Centered, or D = Decimal. (Note that these alignment characters can be in upper or lower case. Upper case is used here only to clearly distinguish "L" from "1".)

P = Position or Column number.

Therefore [stb1:l:10] means the 1st Tab is left justified at column 10.

The [#S] code tells DBT which tab to align the text to, and so [#1] means tab to the column position defined for tab #1.