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How can I use tabs in legend text?

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KAE on 18 Aug 2017
Answered: KAE on 18 Aug 2017
I would like to use tabs in the text of a legend, but can't figure out how. I tried doing using sprintf (below), but the tabs aren't displayed. Is this because a legend is a listbox which apparently can't display tabs, and the only workaround is to use spaces instead? I am using R2015b.
x = 1:0.1:10;
y1 = sin(x*pi); % First variable to plot
y2 = cos(x*pi); % Second variable to plot
h1 = plot(x, y1, x, y2);
legendStr{1} = sprintf('First\t%4.2f',rand(1)); % First legend entry with tab
legendStr{2} = sprintf('Second\t%4.2f',rand(1)); % Second legend entry with tab
disp(legendStr) % Display the string to show it contains tabs as expected
legend(h1, legendStr, 'FontName', 'FixedWidth'); % But no tab appears in legend

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KAE on 18 Aug 2017
I was able to use detab as a workaround, but is there a more direct way?
legend(h1, detab(legendStr), 'FontName', 'FixedWidth'); % Now tab appears in legend

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