Non-Indented python

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Thu Nov 22 16:22:43 CET 2001

"David Bolen" <db3l at> wrote in message
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> But the oldest definitions were just that a TAB character moved the
> cursor to the next active tab position.

This is how typewriters worked, as well at least some word processing
After clearing the default tabs (every whatever - 1/2 inch for
WordPerfect), this worked well for tables - tab once to the start of
every column, and then adjust tab stops so everything looked nice.

To me, a default of 8 spaces is way too much for programming indents -
lines rapidly become too short.  It is also too much for 1/2inch
paragragh indents (5 chars with 10 pitch (chars/inch) fonts, 6 with 12

Terry J. Reedy

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