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Advances the cursor by one character.

Syntax VDU 9
Keyboard equivalent TAB or CTRL I
Character stream (hex) 09
Description Moves the cursor one place to the right.


VDU 9, TAB or CTRL I moves the cursor one place nearer to the end of the line (usually the right edge but possibly the left edge in RISC OS). Any character the cursor passes over is not affected.

Being a control code, nothing is added to the current line of INPUT. After a TAB, the line displayed on screen may not represent the contents of the input buffer.

On printers and in many text editors, the cursor advances to the next tab stop, usually every eighth column. To the MOS, every column is a tab stop.

-- beardo 00:39, 8 November 2007 (UTC)