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Should we use CODE Tags for terminal input and output?

I've always used code tags for code but not for showing terminal input and output. I noticed a mod edited one of my threads and now I'm confused as to proper protocol.

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Yes, use them for terminal input and output as well.

It's better than setting random colors and fonts, or labelling them with
----------------output starts here-------------------------
...or letting people guess where it begins and ends.
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It's also important because multiple spaces will get compressed in 'normal' text, but are respected within code tags.

This is an "X" with fifteen spaces, then another "X" in normal text:-

This is an "X" with fifteen spaces, then another "X" in code tags:-
X               X

It's much better for clarity of indented code and for crucial fixed-width data.

Thanks for asking Smilie
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In addition to what has already been said, CODE tags use a fixed width font. So text like:
which looks like very different line lengths without CODE tags, clearly show that they contain the same number of characters when that same text is displayed using CODE tags:

And, if your code or data contains tab characters, those tabs are preserved if you copy and paste text from regions of a post that are tagged by CODE or ICODE tags, but copy as spaces when not tagged.

So, yes: always use code tags for full line sample code, input, and output; and use icode tags for partial line, imbedded sample code, input, and output!
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It also prevents random sequences of characters from unintentionally becoming smilies.
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Yes you should you the code tags for terminal input and output, Recommended!

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