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Subject Re: [jtc] tabs policy??
Date Sun, 24 Jun 2001 11:16:21 GMT
On Sun, 24 Jun 2001, Justin Erenkrantz wrote:

> That just leads to formatting problems because people don't understand
> that.  If you must have tabs, they should be the same as the indention 
> level, not some factor of the indention level.  This doesn't have to be 
> complicated.  One tab == one indention level.

I'm not sure I understand how you reached that conclusion, but this is
what causes all the curent problems ( and the reason for people to
consider tabs as "evil" ).

Tab size is 8 - or at least used to be before the idea that you can
"configure" this. What's "evil" is the fact that some editors allow you to 
change the size of the tab.

In a text you can have multiple indentation levels, and it's true that on
some typewriters you can use the TAB key to move to the next indentation
level ( the same as you use ^A to move to beginning of line in some
editors ). That doesn't mean the tab ascii code will have multiple sizes
( and change based on the position in the text). It just mean that stupid 
programmers decided it's easier to add a panel that changes the number of
spaces equivalent with TAB instead of implementing code that uses spaces 
for indentations < 8, and replaces 8 spaces with a tab symbol.

And because someone decides to "extend" a ( de-facto ) standard, later on
we have to abandon the standard and say it's "evil". That happens very
often, and we're so used with it that now it's almost a habit. 


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