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Would like to ensure text documents don't get mangled by badly behaving email clients on smart phones that mangle tabs, so would want to convert tabs to the number of spaces up to the next tab mark in Word or similar wordprocessor. Is there a solution out there?

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Should the end result be a (pain text) email or a Wrod document suitable as an attachment? – Eroen Mar 22 '12 at 12:25
Plain text. But can just be copied and pasted. – adrianmcmenamin Mar 22 '12 at 13:32
Interesting idea, but the problem with this is that unless you're using a monospace font, it's going to depend entirely on what font the text is being displayed in. Different systems (and different text editors) have different default fonts for plain text, so if you need to insert 8 spaces in Arial, you might need to enter 10 in Calibri or only 4 in Courier. – nhinkle Mar 27 '12 at 2:38
I address this problem by using only default tabs and Courier, replacing all tabs with 5 spaces when ready to send. May well look a mess when viewed 'at the other end' but where not already 'trained' by me I rely on the recipient having the sense to try a non-proportional font, if necessary. – pnuts Dec 30 '12 at 8:21

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