Misuse of <tab>

Ben Finney bignose-hates-spam at and-benfinney-does-too.id.au
Thu Jul 31 04:18:38 CEST 2003

On Wed, 30 Jul 2003 18:20:51 -0700, Sean 'Shaleh' Perry wrote:
> thou shalt always use even numbered indents.

More accurately, thou shalt always use even, factor-of-8 indents.
(Making 2 and 4 the only valid indent sizes.)

Ironically, this has its origins in the standard literal tab stop being
8 (which number thou shalt not alter).  Using factor-of-8 indent sizes
means that every literal tab stop falls on an indent column.  The irony
comes from the deprecation of using literal tabs for indent at all :-)

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