[texhax] TeX query 5: \hsize and \settabs

Paul Stanley paulrichardstanley at gmail.com
Sun Dec 2 08:49:23 CET 2012

Hi folks,
I've been playing with the `\settabs' macro and have made the 
following observations (with a little help from a sighted friend):

* All columns are left-aligned by default.

* The `\settabs' structure ( `{\hsize ... \settabs ... }' ) is 
left-aligned on the page by default.

* The `\hsize' value determines the length of the gap between the 
left-most edge of the left column and the left-most edge of the right 
column for each pair of columns.. So, the `\hsize' value in a table 
with 4 columns will apply to columns one and two, two and three, and 
three and four. The gaps between the points in all pairings is the same length.

* A `0' value assigned to `\hsize' will left align all columns and 
place them on top of each other over the left-most column in the table.

* A positive value of `\hsize' will measure the two points in the 
column pairings in the order the columns appear in the source.

* A negative value of `\hsize' will produce a mirror of the output 
produced by its positive inverse.

Other than that, please feel free to point out any errors or fill in 
the gaps in above notes.

Many thanks,

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