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tabinta: Insert “Tabs” in TEXTAREA Fields Instead of Moving Next

Messy code … I hate it. It annoys me when programmers don’t use line breaks after their semicolons. It bugs me that some programmers write with irregular brackets. Most of all, it totally irks me when programmers don’t tab their code to distinguish between functions, “if” statements, nested elements, etc. White is bliss. Less is more. Spacing is good. Don’t jumble everything up for goodness sake!

But for some scripters, tabbing is impossible. If you work with an online multi-line text editing tool - mainly those with TEXTAREA input fields - the only way to insert a tab is to press the spacebar 5 times. With scripts spanning several hundred lines, manual tabbing can become impractical. People using Wordpress, Movable Type, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and the Cpanel work in a “tab-less” environment. For instance, I am writing the article right now using Wordpress. If I press the “tab” key, whoops! the browser takes me to the next FORM element, which is the “Save and Continue Editing” button. How inconvenient!

Firefox to the Rescue (as Usual)
I got tired of living tab-less. If there’s anything I learned from Firefox, it’s that you can usually find an extension to add any desired feature in your browser. So, I searched for an extension to make tabbing easier and I quickly found one. tabinta is exactly what I was looking for. “tabinta” is derived from “tab in textarea.”

Installation and usage is a breeze. And you can disable and enable the function anytime.

After installation and browser restart, there is nothing more to set up. Whenever you go to a textarea and press the tab key, you will insert tab characters instead of moving focus.

If you write a lot of code online, tabinta is a must-have tool for your work!

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4 Responses to “tabinta: Insert “Tabs” in TEXTAREA Fields Instead of Moving Next”

  1. Scott Says:

    Sounds like this could come in handy. However, I think that spaces are preferable to tabs when it comes to programming. Thing is, you can never count on the tab size in whatever editor someone is using, so stuff using tabs often looks wrong (unless you can convince everyone to configure their editors the same). But if you use spaces, you don’t have any problems.

    What I think would be cool would be an autoindent plugin.

  2. Joshua Says:

    Scott, I’m of the opposite side of that argument.

    Tabs have an advantage of spaces to me, that I can customize them. If I like 3 spaces, 4 spaces, 8 spaces, even 20 spaces. If you work in tabs, then I can easily change your code to be comfortable to read by my standard. It may look “messed up” to you, but the person reading it will have been used to that style, so I will look right to them.

    Good call with the autoindent though, that would be really handy. Hmm…if we go that far, maybe some syntax highlighting in the TA… :)

  3. Ramesha Says:

    sdfh sadfasdf

    afsdf asd

    sdf asdfasdf

  4. Ramesha Says:

    “Test’ ‘ (white spaces )”
    Because the white spaces disappears. Tabs does not work either.

    how can we solve below problem
    If we enter text with tab and white spaces as shown above ,both tabs and whit spaces disappears

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