[erlang-questions] Controversial subject of the day: tabs and spaces for indentation
Richard A. O'Keefe
Mon Feb 10 23:01:51 CET 2014
> From: Garrett Smith [g@REDACTED]
> Sent: Thursday, 06 February 2014 5:02 PM
> - Mixed tabs and spaces present challenges for programmer using
> different editors and contributing to projects with varied or poorly
> defined white space standards
This is somewhat misleadingly phrased.
Tabs do this all by themselves.
For example, I once spent some time using a programming
language where the IDE on Macs insisted that tabs were
equivalent to 4 spaces and the Unix command line tools
insisted that tabs were and could only be equivalent to
8 spaces, AND the language was indentation-sensitive.
So remember, it's not "mixed tabs and spaces present
challenges", it's "tabs present challenges".
The fundamental problem is that by design, tabs have
no common meaning other than "some amount of horizontal
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