Formatting problem

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    Formatting problem

    Code:
    #include <stdio.h>
    
    int main()
    {
        char date[] = "02/16/05";
        char quantity[] = "10";
        char description[] = "t-shirt";
        char price[] = "29.99";
    
        printf("Date\t\tQty\tDescription\t\t\tPrice\n");
        printf("----\t\t---\t-----------\t\t\t-----\n");
        printf("%s\t\t%s\t%s\t\t\t%s\n", date, quantity, description, price);
    
        return 0;
    }
    Here's my output:
    Code:
    Date            Qty     Description                     Price
    ----            ---     -----------                     -----
    02/16/05                10      t-shirt                 29.99
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    Why does it happen?

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    >Why does it happen?

    Tabs are a different spacing than you expect. Try using width specifiers.
    Code:
    #include <stdio.h>
    
    int main()
    {
        char date[] = "02/16/05";
        char quantity[] = "10";
        char description[] = "t-shirt";
        char price[] = "29.99";
    
        printf("%-10s %-3s %-20s %-5s\n", "Date", "Qty", "Description", "Price");
        printf("%-10s %-3s %-20s %-5s\n", "----", "---", "-----------", "-----");
        printf("%-10s %-3s %-20s %-5s\n", date, quantity, description, price);
    
        return 0;
    }
    
    /* my output
    Date       Qty Description          Price
    ----       --- -----------          -----
    02/16/05   10  t-shirt              29.99
    */
    7. It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.
    40. There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works.*

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    Code Goddess Prelude's Avatar
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    >Why does it happen?
    Tabs are foogly and best avoided for any advanced formatting.
    My best code is written with the delete key.

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    it is a problem with your spacing, nothing else

    try this..
    Code:
     #include <stdio.h>
     #include <stdlib.h>
    int main()
    {
        char date[] = "02/16/05";
        char quantity[] = "10";
        char description[] = "t-shirt";
        char price[] = "29.99";
    
        printf("Date    \t\tQty\tDescription\t\t\tPrice\n");
        printf("----    \t\t---\t-----------\t\t\t-----\n");
        printf("%s\t\t%s\t%s   \t\t\t%s\n", date, quantity, description, price);
        system("PAUSE");
        return 0;
    }
    i guess this should work..
    Code:
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