[Python-Dev] Two spaces or one?
jcarlson at uci.edu
Thu Jul 26 17:24:22 CEST 2007
skip at pobox.com wrote:
> Pete> That points towards a way forward. Why do programming languages
> Pete> continue to assume use of a monospaced font? It was natural when
> Pete> we used punch cards and line printers, but now? Python relies on
> Pete> the indentation but could be flexible about other textual
> Pete> attributes.
> Nothing in Python assumes anything about fonts. That's all a function of
> the text editor you use and your editing preferences. Me, I find it easier
> to read code which is displayed or printed with monospaced fonts. Note,
> however, that I've been programming for 30 years. I started with IBM punch
> cards, so I might be a bit biased.
I started in '98, and I also find monospaced fonts easier to read in
various circumstances (email, code, shells, etc.). But indeed, Python
makes no assumption about fonts. A person could use Wingdings for all
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