Who are the "spacists"?

William Ray Wing wrw at mac.com
Sat Mar 18 00:36:00 EDT 2017

> On Mar 17, 2017, at 8:52 PM, Mikhail V <mikhailwas at gmail.com> wrote:
> So Python supports both spaces and tabs for indentation.
> I just wonder, why not forbid spaces in the beginning of lines?
> How would one come to the idea to use spaces for indentation at all?

That convention dates all the way back to the IBM 026 and 029 card punches and FORTRAN.

> Space is not even a control/format character, but a word separator.
> And when editors will be proportional font based, indenting with
> spaces will not make *any* sense so they are just annoyance.
> Neither makes it sense in general case of text editing.
> I think it would be a salvation to forbid spaces for indentation,
> did such attemps take place?
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