On Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 11:51 AM, Nathan Andelin <nandelin@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I wonder why IBM never thought of adding "quad right," "quad center," and
"justify" functions to AFP?

Couldn't the same question be asked of display files? Because in terms of
GUI output the interface is outdated?

You could ask, but the situations are a bit different.

If you are specifically concerned with OP's original issue (namely,
lining up numbers), then the answer is that display files have already
been able to do this from the beginning.

If you are really concerned with arbitrary text alignment (including
centering and full justification) then I would argue that it's not
really a "fair" question because the green screens are physically
incapable of doing a good job with these concepts, whereas AFP is.
Note that OP didn't ask about printing in general, but only AFP.
Ostensibly, AFP was *purposely designed* for all points addressability
(i.e. positioning as precise as the device can support; not merely
aligned to lines and character positions). As such, it seems
incongruous that IBM wouldn't have included (or at least added by now,
after all these years) some way to do arbitrary text alignment.

John Y.

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