PEP8 and 4 spaces

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Sat Jul 5 22:07:26 CEST 2014

On 2014-07-05 19:57, Ian Kelly wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM, Rick Johnson
> <rantingrickjohnson at> wrote:
>> Strangly, I rather fancy the idea of using tabs in code,,,
>> which allow each viewer to view the code in his or her level
>> of indention,,, however, i cannot justify using a tab as a
>> replacement for a space. Tabs should be used for "tabular"
>> data (aka: speadsheets), and since code is NOT tabular data,
>> we would be wise to use the space char for indention.
> I find it a little curious that nobody ever seems to advocate the use
> of vertical tabs instead of repeated newlines. It should offer the
> same benefit as horizontal tabs, namely that one could then
> independently configure one's editor to separate adjacent code
> elements with the desired number of blank lines. But I suppose that
> nobody finds that useful enough to bother with in the vertical case.

I do see the occasional person using form feeds to separate sections of code.

Robert Kern

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