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Tabs in Illustrator 5.5

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128786D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 81K

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Software Patent Institute

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Adobe Systems Inc.: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Tech Note #4020 (6/30/94) Adobe Illustrator ™ - Macintosh ® THE TABS PALETTE The Tabs palette is the main interface to tabs, and is available under the Window menu as a Show/Hide menu item. The palette is a floating palette, and behaves very much like the Paragraph palette, in that it reflects the tabs in the current selection, and changes made in the palette will be applied to selected text objects only.

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Tabs in Illustrator 5.5

Tech Note #4020 (6/30/94) Adobe Illustrator TM - Macintosh ®

THE TABS PALETTE

The Tabs palette is the main interface to tabs, and is available under the Window menu as a Show/Hide menu item. The palette is a floating palette, and behaves very much like the Paragraph palette, in that it reflects the tabs in the current selection, and changes made in the palette will be applied to selected text objects only.

SIZING AND ALIGNING THE TABS PALETTE

If you click on the zoom/alignment box of the tab palette, the palette will resize itself to the same width as the currently selected text block (or blocks). It will also align its left edge with the left edge of the text block, for accurate positioning of the tabs. If the tab palette is not as wide as a text block you click in, the tab palette will resize to be large enough to reflect the whole text block.

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TAB CHARACTERS AND TAB STOPS

A tab character is like a space character, except that it is "variable" width. You can put tab characters into a flow of text simply by typing the Tab key. The layout of text containing tab characters depends on the tab stop information for that paragraph. Tab stops have both a position (relative to the left edge of the text block) and a type, which dictates how to format the text. If there are no tab stops defined, automatic tabs are used (see section later in note).

TAB STOP PLACEMENT

Tab stops can only placed at whole point increments (from the left edge of the text box). If you are in other measurements such as inches or millimeters, the tab stop will align to the nearest whole point equivalent. [ Material omitted ]

NUMERIC POSITION

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Tabs in Illustrator 5.5

As with the Info palette, the tabs palette has a numeric readout that reflects the position of the current tab stop, in the current ruler units. You cannot type new values into this field. You can toggle between ruler units - points, inches or millimeters - by clicking on the value.

SNAP TO RULER UNITS

The "Snap" check box on the tab palette controls whether or not tab placement will snap to ruler units. If you are in a measurement other than points it will snap to the nearest point equivalent to the ruler unit selected. Holding down the Control key will activate this behavior temporarily, so if you re dragging a tab and want it to snap to ruler units, you can hold down Control during the drag operation. Similarly, if you re in snap mode and you wish you weren t, holding down Control will turn off snap as long as the key is held down.

DEFAULT (AUTOMATIC) TAB STOPS

If you don t define any tab stops at all, there are "automatic" left-aligned tab stops ev...