Tabs -vs- Spaces: Tabs should have won.

Thorsten Kampe thorsten at
Sun Jul 17 11:33:35 CEST 2011

* Andrew Berg (Sun, 17 Jul 2011 03:36:31 -0500)
> Not everyone agrees on how many spaces an indent should be (whether an
> indent is a tab or a space-tab), which is a good reason to use tabs.

Not everyone who doesn't agree on indent size actually cares enough 
about indent size - especially in someone else's code. I'd say it's 
probably rather the majority making this whole debate artificial.

I like my indent four spaces. If you like eight, wonderful, I don't 
care, it's your code. If I want to use your code in my own, I completely 
have to reformat your code anyway. And if we work on a project together, 
we have to agree on formatting anyway, the indent size being the least 
important one.

This whole debate is artificial.

> Using tabs for indentation and spaces for alignment solves the
> problem. I really can't think of any problems this would cause that
> aren't superficial.

Sorry, you didn't understand my point. My point is: the distinction 
between indentation and alignment is superficial. Indentation /is/ 
exactly the same as alignment.


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