Am trying to tidy up a printout of two columns in M version 7, such that the second column is lined up. Using the tab character \t in the printf statement does not seem to work - it just shifts a fixed number of spces, rather than go to a tab stop position. The following Maple code is very klutzy: however its redeeming feature is that it does work.
Sample Maple code:
#Create a long string of spaces (26 spaces between " ")
aspac:=CharacterMap( "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ", " ", cat(a,a) );
#NB a is the first 'word' - see output below
#spac is a string of spaces to ensure alignment
printf("%s %s %s\n",a,spac,a2);
Maple output is of the first 'word' a, followed by a string spac of spaces, then the second word
Is there an easier way of performing this?