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Netbeans and Strings

Peter Matthews
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Joined: Nov 07, 2005
Posts: 21
Hi All,

Just started working with Netbeans and encountered a problem when trying to format a String. I'm wanting to include more than one space between the variables as shown below:

public String toString() {
String s = ref + " " + seller + " " + description + " " + bedrooms + " " + "�"+price;

return s;
}

But everything I try, it displays only one space between each variable. Even if I use the "\t" it doesnt make a difference. Its just that I want to align them to column headings, so its quite frustrating!

Is there an option I need to change in Netbeans, or am I being dumb!?

Thanks for any help,

Pete
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24187
    
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Hi Peter,

The fact that you're using NetBeans shouldn't matter. What matters more is where the output is going. If this is in a JSP or servlet, then no matter how much space you use, the browser is going to squash it down to one. If it's going to the command line, whether or not \t characters are meaningful depends on the terminal program that you're running in. So tell us about the environment this code is running in, and we may be able to tell you what to do.


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Peter Matthews
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Joined: Nov 07, 2005
Posts: 21
Hi Ernest,

Its being used by a servlet and then being passed to a JSP... is there anyway of getting around this problem?

Thanks,

Pete
Naveen K Garg
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Joined: Nov 28, 2005
Posts: 105
Hi Peter,

Try using HTML Entities in your code. For example to print a space on your JSP page use  

So in your code it will be as follows:

String s = ref + "  " + seller + "  " + description + "  " + bedrooms + "  " + "�"+price;

Search on google for more information on HTML Entities.

Regards
Naveen
Ilja Preuss
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Joined: Jul 11, 2001
Posts: 14112
This problem is not related to Java, but to HTML. Moving to our HTML forum.


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