NCBI BLAST output format: Question.

Keith D. Wilkinson genekdw at
Fri Jan 7 09:18:02 EST 1994

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> From: brianf at (Brian Foley)
> Subject: NCBI BLAST output format: Question.
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> Date: Thu, 6 Jan 1994 20:09:57 GMT
> 	Can someone tell me what is the best software for viewing the
> output from an NCBI BLAST search?  Whether I read the output in my
> UNIX e-mail, my Mac e-mail, or convert it to a text editor (MS-Word)
> document, the alignments do not line up without messing with them.
> 	It seems that the output uses TABs rather than spaces to
> format the output, and these TABs do not correspond to the ones
> I have.  Perhaps if I just knew what the TAB settings were...
> 	Does the BLAST output look great when it is imported into
> WordPerfect or some other text editor?

The problem is the default use of proportional fonts with you Mac (or unix box).
Try saving the search in Word and then using a 10 pt Courier font.  This should 
result in correct spacing and alignment.  

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