Who are the "spacists"?

Nathan Ernst nathan.ernst at gmail.com
Sat Mar 18 20:01:42 EDT 2017

emacs, like Vim is very configurable. I'm sure there's an appropriate

Because 1 editor does it one way, doesn't mean the rest of the numerous
editors should follow suit.

Personally, I dislike any editor that, by default, changes my input to
something else. If I hit tab, I want a tab to be inserted, by default. If I
want something else, I'll change the configuration.

On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 6:38 PM, Marko Rauhamaa <marko at pacujo.net> wrote:

> Nathan Ernst <nathan.ernst at gmail.com>:
> > Tabs rectify this issue as you can configure them to appear how you
> > like to see your code without affecting or impacting any other
> > contributors to a code base.
> >
> > Personally, I used to be a 4-spacer. Now, I prefer 2 spaces. Guess
> > what? When I changed my preference, zero lines of source were changed,
> > no commits were necessary, and I was happy.
> Your scheme is thrown into disarray by the default emacs setup, which
> defines C source code indendation levels as follows:
>    Level 1: SPC SPC
>    Level 2: SPC SPC SPC SPC
>    Level 4: HT
>    Level 5: HT SPC SPC
> etc.
> (You see, in emacs pressing the Tab key is a command to indent the
> current line by the "appropriate amount;" it doesn't cause an HT to be
> inserted.)
> Point is, something's going to have to give, no matter what you do. You
> are going to have to issue a binding executive order that is not an
> automatic default for everybody.
> Where I work, the executive order is: no HT's in files, and use 4-space
> indentation.
> Marko
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