No tabs in post PLEASE!!! (was Re: partial list sort)

Daniel T. a at b.c
Thu Oct 10 16:45:38 CEST 2002

"Steve Holden" <sholden at> wrote:

> "Daniel T." <a at b.c> wrote:
> > Alex Martelli <aleax at> wrote:
> >
> > > Terry Reedy wrote:
> > >         ...
> > > > Tabs are bad for Usenet posting if you want stupid people like me who
> > > > use Outlook Express to read posted code.
> > >
> > > Seconded!  They're almost as bad for (expletive deleted) people like ME,
> > > who use KDE's KNode (0.6.1 with KDE 2.2.2 at least, haven't tried more
> > > recent versions yet).
> > >
> > > PLEASE folks, even if you're tabs-maniacs, make SURE you turn them
> > > into spaces when posting or mailing your sources...!!!
> >
> > You have got to be kidding...
> Well, that all depends whether you want readers to be able to see the code
> as you wrote it rather than the code as mangled by whatever gets in the way
> between your fingers and their eyeballs. While I try to stay away from
> religious issues, this is something that all posters should be aware of.
> So, by all means use tabs on your code if that's how you want to do it, but
> remember that people aren't likely to want to reconstruct your indentation
> if you post it that way and the tabs get thrown out. So you'll be that much
> less likely to get a reply.
> And please don't tell me to change my mail client :-). While that's not a
> religious issue either, I use what I use for particular reasons, as do many
> others.
> Sorry.

While we are at it, let's bitch and moan because some people put LF/CR 
at the end of each line, some only put LF and some only put CR.

"Everybody, quit inserting/stripping [arbitrary ASCII character] because 
some of us can't read your posts!"

I agree with you that if someone wants maximum coverage, they should 
work with the lowest common denominator, but I don't think those who use 
systems that can't even handle the ASCII character set should be 
imploring the rest of us to conform to their handicapped system.

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