Tabs bad (Was: ANN: Dao Language v.0.9.6-beta is release!)

Tom Anderson twic at urchin.earth.li
Sun Dec 4 23:00:18 CET 2005


On Sun, 4 Dec 2005, [utf-8] Björn Lindström wrote:

> This article should explain it:
>
> http://www.jwz.org/doc/tabs-vs-spaces.html

Ah, Jamie Zawinski, that well-known fount of sane and reasonable ideas.

It seems to me that the tabs-vs-spaces thing is really about who controls 
the indentation: with spaces, it's the writer, and with tabs, it's the 
reader. Does that match up with people's attitudes? Is it the case that 
the space cadets want to control how their code looks to others, and the 
tabulators want to control how others' code looks to them?

I wonder if there's a further correlation between preferring spaces to 
tabs and the GPL to the BSDL ...

tom

Lexicographical PS: 'tabophobia' is, apparently, fear of the 
neurodegenerative disorder tabes dorsalis.

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