Tabs versus Spaces in Source Code
iainking at gmail.com
Wed May 17 11:37:27 CEST 2006
> I think Duncan has hit the nail on the head here really. I totally
> agree that conceptually using tabs for indentation is better than using
> spaces. Pragmatically though, you can't tell in an editor where spaces
> are used and where tabs are used.
Um, I don't follow this. If you can't tell the editor where
tabs/spaces are used, who does?
> Perhaps if editors colored the background of tab characters differently
> from spaces this wouldn't be a problem,
Some editors do.
> or if Python was more
> restrictive and did not actually allow a mix of tabs and spaces for
> indentation there would be no problem - the compiler could throw out an
> exception for mixed characters.
> In reality, neither of these are likely
> to be implemented any time soon!
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