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I've taken it upon myself to post the Famitsu numbers each week now, and I have a site that posts a nice table in plain text.  I'm trying to copy and paste it into my forum post, and in the edit page it looks fine, but when I post it the spacing is all off in the post. The edit page show it's in Preformatted and when I look at the source code it uses the "pre" tag.

Here is the table copy/pasted.  It looks correct in the edit screen but looks like this when I post it:

+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+ |System | This Month | Last Month | Last Year | YTD | Last YTD | LTD | +-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+ | NSW # | 519.138 | 350.447 | 836.094 | 1.744.974 | 1.700.352 | 19.085.348 | | PS5 # | 157.352 | 95.289 | | 325.061 | | 580.211 | | PS4 # | 10.833 | 13.802 | 64.492 | 59.889 | 170.086 | 9.350.779 | | XBS # | 4.492 | 2.167 | | 8.585 | | 40.009 | | 3DS # | 3.409 | 3.121 | 5.752 | 9.368 | 15.170 | 24.568.276 | +-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+ | ALL | 695.224 | 464.826 | 907.178 | 2.147.877 | 1.887.010 | 54.784.747 | +-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+ | PS5 | 128.793 | 87.107 | | 278.854 | | 485.476 | | PS5DE | 28.559 | 8.182 | | 46.207 | | 94.735 | | XBS X | 2.753 | 1.755 | | 5.760 | | 30.636 | | XBS S | 1.739 | 412 | | 2.825 | | 9.373 | | NSW L | 180.327 | 95.558 | 623.192 | 454.891 | 964.090 | 3.526.983 | | NSW | 338.811 | 254.889 | 212.902 | 1.290.083 | 736.262 | 15.558.365 | |PS4 Pro| 61 | 62 | 19.902 | 224 | 68.470 | 1.575.723 | | PS4 | 10.772 | 13.740 | 44.590 | 59.665 | 101.616 | 7.775.056 | |n-2DSLL| 3.409 | 3.121 | 5.340 | 9.368 | 14.250 | 1.173.331 | +-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+

Edit: More attempts below


+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
|System | This Week | Last Week | Last Year | YTD | Last YTD | LTD |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
| NSW # | 135.076 | 267.497 | 154.640 | 1.880.050 | 1.854.992 | 19.220.424 |
| PS5 # | 20.755 | 62.295 | | 345.816 | | 600.966 |
| PS4 # | 1.591 | 2.189 | 19.535 | 61.480 | 189.621 | 9.352.370 |
| 3DS # | 752 | 933 | 1.230 | 10.120 | 16.400 | 24.569.028 |
| XBS # | 159 | 1.279 | | 8.744 | | 40.168 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
| ALL | 158.333 | 334.193 | 175.456 | 2.306.210 | 2.062.466 | 54.943.832 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
| PS5 | 16.459 | 51.931 | | 295.313 | | 501.935 |
| PS5DE | 4.296 | 10.364 | | 50.503 | | 99.031 |
| XBS X | 122 | 432 | | 5.882 | | 30.758 |
| XBS S | 37 | 847 | | 2.862 | | 9.410 |
| NSW L | 62.892 | 77.364 | 100.084 | 517.783 | 1.064.174 | 3.589.875 |
| NSW | 72.184 | 190.133 | 54.556 | 1.362.267 | 790.818 | 15.630.549 |
| PS4 | 1.591 | 2.174 | 13.419 | 61.256 | 115.035 | 7.776.647 |
|n-2DSLL| 752 | 933 | 1.172 | 10.120 | 15.422 | 1.174.083 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+

Last edited by kenjab - on 09 April 2021

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What I was going to suggest you've already tried, so no help there. However, you could use tables, which should be good as well. I don't know if that's practical if you're copying the content from some other place, but it's certainly an option.



Its not about it being plain text, it's a monospace font (all characters are the same width) and you need it to allow whitespace (your table has "blank" columns in for example, but they are not really blank as they are created by pressing space multiple times... html ignores multiple spaces)

The pre tag I think is trying to add a style class from another website (I guess wherever you copied it from) but that class wont mean anything when posted here so the text will take styles from the VGC forum style sheet.

You can add style elements into the html to force VGC to keep it as a monospace font, but it still wouldn't line up because when posted it will combine multiple spaces into a single space.



So you should see my second attempt above looks as intended. I did it by taking a screenshot of the table portion of the website, saving it as a *.png, then adding the image to the post. Doesn't exactly answer my original inquiry but it works in this case.

(By the way, it's a different week's table which is why the numbers differ in the two attempts.)



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+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
|System | This Month | Last Month |  Last Year |     YTD    |  Last YTD  |     LTD     |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
| NSW # |    519.138 |    350.447 |    836.094 |  1.744.974 |  1.700.352 |  19.085.348 |
| PS5 # |    157.352 |     95.289 |            |    325.061 |            |     580.211 |
| PS4 # |     10.833 |     13.802 |     64.492 |     59.889 |    170.086 |   9.350.779 |
| XBS # |      4.492 |      2.167 |            |      8.585 |            |      40.009 |
| 3DS # |      3.409 |      3.121 |      5.752 |      9.368 |     15.170 |  24.568.276 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  ALL  |    695.224 |    464.826 |    907.178 |  2.147.877 |  1.887.010 |  54.784.747 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+
|  PS5  |    128.793 |     87.107 |            |    278.854 |            |     485.476 |
| PS5DE |     28.559 |      8.182 |            |     46.207 |            |      94.735 |
| XBS X |      2.753 |      1.755 |            |      5.760 |            |      30.636 |
| XBS S |      1.739 |        412 |            |      2.825 |            |       9.373 |
| NSW L |    180.327 |     95.558 |    623.192 |    454.891 |    964.090 |   3.526.983 |
|  NSW  |    338.811 |    254.889 |    212.902 |  1.290.083 |    736.262 |  15.558.365 |
|PS4 Pro|         61 |         62 |     19.902 |        224 |     68.470 |   1.575.723 |
|  PS4  |     10.772 |     13.740 |     44.590 |     59.665 |    101.616 |   7.775.056 |
|n-2DSLL|      3.409 |      3.121 |      5.340 |      9.368 |     14.250 |   1.173.331 |
+-------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+-------------+

Last edited by HigHurtenflurst - on 08 April 2021

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Ok see above:
If you copy just the content you need into your post (ie via a plaintext editor like notepad so it's not bringing in tags & styles that VGC will ignore)

Then when you post it into VGC do it into the source code editor rather than the text editror & just add 2 style elements into the paragraph in the html editor so that it reads:

p style="font-family: monospace; white-space: pre;" ####content#### /p

(above is missing the < & > as the editor aparently accepts code)

Last edited by HigHurtenflurst - on 08 April 2021