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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