## Monday, April 07, 2008

### HTML formatting of indented lines

To format a poem on blogger, one need not put tons of "&nbsp;" entities at the head of each indented line; rather, "pre" can be your friend. That is, type `<pre>`, and everything thereafter is treated as preformatted text, until the corresponding `</pre>`. For example, if you type :
`<pre>                       I nunc,O Baili, Parnassum et desere rupem,                                   Dic sacra   Peridium deteriora quadris!</pre>`

the result will look like this:
`                       I nunc,O Baili, Parnassum et desere rupem,                                   Dic sacra   Peridium deteriora quadris!`
Now if you hate that typeface, you can provide an alternative -- for example `<pre style="font-family:sans-serif">` followed by the same text yields this:
`                       I nunc,O Baili, Parnassum et desere rupem,                                   Dic sacra   Peridium deteriora quadris!`