Tabs -vs- Spaces: Tabs should have won.

Thomas 'PointedEars' Lahn PointedEars at
Sun Jul 17 08:53:30 EDT 2011

Dotan Cohen wrote:

> On Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 19:51, rantingrick <rantingrick at> wrote:
>> --------------------------------------------------
>> Evidence: Tabs ARE superior!
>> --------------------------------------------------
> I am also a recent spaces-to-tabs convert. One of the reasons is that
> I've discovered that programing in a non-fixed width font is a real
> pleasure, but the spaces are too narrow. Tabs alleviate that.

Not using a fixed-width font avoids this problem and others in the first 
> I'm still looking for the perfect programming font. Suggestions welcomed.

I can recommend Consolas (Windows) or Inconsolata (elsewhere), which are 
designed for programming and are near perfect in that regard.  However, I 
have decided for "Deja Vu Sans Mono" for reading and writing Usenet articles 
because it supports more Unicode characters and can be sized appropriately 
for running text.

But, all of them are fixed-width fonts.  I do not understand how you can 
consider using a non-fixed-width font in programming "a real pleasure" as 
many them show a lot of ambiguities in source code.  Take for example the 
lowercase "l" (el) vs. the capital "I" (ai) vs. the "|" (pipe) character,
or the "0" (zero) vs. the capital "O" (oh) character in Arial.


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