PRE: Preformatted text

Preformatted elements in HTML are displayed with text in a fixed width font, and so are suitable for text which has been formatted for a teletype by some existing formatting system.

The optional attribute is:

This attribute gives the maximum number of characters which will occur on a line. It allows the presentation system to select a suitable font and indentation. Where the WIDTH attribute is not recognized, it is recommended that a width of 80 be assumed. Where WIDTH is supported, it is recommended that at least widths of 40, 80 and 132 characters be presented optimally, with other widths being rounded up.

Within a PRE element,

Example of use

			<PRE WIDTH="80">
			This is an example line

Note: Highlighting

Within a preformatted element, the constraint that the rendering must be on a fixed horizontal character pitch may limit or prevent the ability of the renderer to render highlighting elements specially.

Note: Margins

The above references to the "beginning of a new line" must not be taken as implying that the renderer is forbidden from using a (constant) left indent for rendering preformatted text. The left indent may of course be constrained by the width required.