>I do a lot of ascii file editing for both data import and export processing
>I often have to examine large files. It would make life much easier if the tab
>stops could be set using a ruler or some other visual mechanism.
Perhaps my TABUMAT.VDM is helpful for you (it's attached).
You can assign it to a key (e.g. Ctrl-Q, near the TAB-key to be
It automatically sets VEDITs TABs according to the "words" in the
So you simply have to position the cursor on a pattern line or
(sometimes easier) create a temporary "tabulator" line and then press
the assigned key.
I usually do it by creating that temporary line as line 1 at top of
the data and fill it with some "x" (divided by spaces!) where I think
TABs are useful.
After pressing the assigned key I can see the results in the data.
If not o.k: Only change the "x"s in line 1 and do it again...
Hopefully the description is clear enough.
(The attached version is still restricted to 32 TABs up to column 254.
But that can be easily changed.)