Here's an approach to printing text strings using XPrint, where the text strings contain $TAB characters. Code is given for single and multi-line text.

There are two basic approaches to printing with embedded TABs - expanding the TABs to spaces or setting the print POS to the next TAB location every time a TAB character is encountered.

The example parses the line on $tab characters, then prints each element one at a time. After each element is printed, the x position is moved to the next tab location.

This example uses a richedit control, whose default tab positions are set every 0.5 inches.

There are two critical parts to this approach.

1. The printer and richedit control must be set to the same font.
2. The Tab positions of the richedit must be used on the printer.

'Compilable Example:
#Compile Exe
#Dim All
#Include ""
#Include ""
#Include ""
Global hDlg as Dword, hRichEdit as Dword, TabLoc() as Single, hFont as Dword
%ID_RichEdit = 500
Function PBMain() As Long
   Local style&, buf$
   buf$ = "This is" + $Tab + $Tab + "an example" + $Tab + "of a string with an embedded tab character."
   style& = %WS_Child Or %WS_Visible Or %ES_MultiLine Or %WS_VScroll Or %ES_AutoHScroll _
             Or %WS_HScroll Or %ES_AutoVScroll Or %ES_WantReturn Or %ES_NoHideSel Or %WS_TabStop
   Dialog New Pixels, 0, "Test Code",300,300,550,150, %WS_OverlappedWindow To hDlg
   Control Add Button, hDlg, 100,"Print", 30,10,140,20
   LoadLibrary("riched32.dll") : InitCommonControls
   Control Add "RichEdit", hDlg, %ID_RichEdit, buf$,20,40,510,100, style&, %WS_EX_ClientEdge
   Control Handle hDlg, %ID_RichEdit To hRichEdit
   Font New "Comic Sans MS", 10, 0 To hFont
   Control Set Font hDlg, %ID_RichEdit, hFont
   Dialog Show Modal hDlg Call DlgProc
End Function
CallBack Function DlgProc() As Long
   If CB.Msg = %WM_Command AND CB.Ctl = 100 AND CB.Ctlmsg = %BN_Clicked Then
      Local temp$, w as Single, h as Single, i as Long
      ReDim TabLoc(50)  'tab locations
      For i = 0 To 50 : TAbLoc(i) = i * 0.5 : Next i   '0.5" tab locations
      XPrint Attach Default
      XPrint Set Font hFont
      SetPrinterScaleToInches w,h             'w,h are return values, not used in this example
      Control Get Text hDlg, %ID_RichEdit To temp$
      PrintSingleTextLineWithTabs (temp$)    'temp$ is text string with tabs
      XPrint Close
   End If
End Function

Sub SetPrinterScaleToInches (ncWidth!, ncHeight!)
      Local x&, y&
      XPrint Get Client TO ncWidth!, ncHeight!  'Retrieve the client size (printable area) of the printer page
      XPrint Get PPI TO x&, y&                  'Retrieve the resolution (points per inch) of the attached printer
      ncWidth! = ncWidth!/x&                    'Width in inches of the printable area
      ncHeight! = ncHeight!/y&                    'Height in inches of the printable area
      XPrint Scale (0,0)-(ncWidth!,ncHeight!)    'Set scale to inches
End Sub

Sub PrintSingleTextLineWithTabs (temp$)
   Local i As Long, x As Single, y As Single
   For i = 1 To ParseCount(temp$, $Tab)
      XPrint Parse$(temp$,$Tab, i) ;
      XPrint Get Pos To x,y
      XPrint Set Pos (TabLoc((Fix(x/0.5)+1)),y)
   Next i
End Sub

Sub PrintMultiLineTextWithTabs (temp$)
   Local i As Long, x As Single, y As Single, j as long
   Dim D(ParseCount(temp$,$crlf)-1) as String
   Parse temp$, D(), $crlf
   For j = 0 to UBound(D)
      For i = 1 To ParseCount(D(j), $Tab)
         XPrint Parse$(D(j),$Tab, i) ;
         XPrint Get Pos To x,y
         XPrint Set Pos (TabLoc((Fix(x/0.5)+1)),y)
      Next i
   Next J
End Sub