fixed column width txt or csv output in ssrs

I have a client that wants their output in a fixed column width format when it comes to csv and txt. I have tried using a set number of spaces as the delimeter in the report.config file but this didnt produce the results I wanted, I have been researching into this for a while and I cant seem to find a solution. I know Microsoft doesnt provide a fixed width option in the CSV rendor, so I was wondering if anybody knows a trick i could use to make the columns look the same size.
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asked Jul 20, 2010 at 01:11 PM in Default

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Will the option to
 1. cast every column as char(size_somewhat_bigger than data), which will right-pad the data with spaces until they are of the specified size 2. use blank(emptry string) as a delimiter
Jul 20, 2010 at 01:16 PM Oleg
no that wont work, the casting of the columns will mess with the integrity of the report and it also goes against our reporting standards, currently trying a blank space as a delimeter to see if it works
Jul 20, 2010 at 01:19 PM James Maddox
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Can you use the LSet() function for each column? I just tested it and it worked for me.

=LSet(Fields!FirstName.Value, 40)
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answered Jul 20, 2010 at 01:47 PM

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