Re: Ways to indicate spaces in command lines?

Subject: Re: Ways to indicate spaces in command lines?
From: Dick Margulis <ampersandvirgule -at- WORLDNET -dot- ATT -dot- NET>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 11:35:38 -0400


If you are using a monospaced font (such as Courier) to display the
material that is to be typed on the command line, then simply typing a
space--or maybe a double space, if it's a small point size--should be
clear enough. If you are using a proportional font, use an em quad,

I've also seen a slashed lowercase b used, but I can't point you to a
font or a character code that will produce one.

I've also seen a caret below the line used.
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

But that would require baseline shifting the ^ every time.

Of course, depending on what platform you are using, I suppose you could
create a macro, an inline graphic, or whatever, to accomplish either of
these latter two strategies, but I still think just a sifficiently large
visible fixed space will solve the problem.


Mitchell, Moira E (MED) wrote:
> Good morning!
> I just returned from a fruitless visit to the Archives. I am trying to
> update a manual that contains command lines that our field engineers
> use. Apparently there has been some confusion over where to place
> spaces when they are typing in these commands. Does anyone have any
> ideas on how I can show them where the spaces (and how many) appear in
> each line? Using an underscore won't work, because that is actually
> used for directory names, etc.
> Thanks!
> Moira Mitchell
> GE Medical Systems

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