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Re: Indentation with spaces

From: goncholden
Subject: Re: Indentation with spaces
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2022 18:26:09 +0000

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On Friday, June 10th, 2022 at 11:35 PM, Po Lu <> wrote:

> Emanuel Berg writes:
> > It's lame, inexact typewriter stuff. Try arrange output data
> > from some shell tool with tabs and see how robust it'll be.
> Where did I say people should use tabs to print data?

In principle that should work but because tab widths are not a consistent 
measure directly related to spaces (although being defined that way), they 
cannot be reliably relied upon.

They were introduced as a matter of convenience.  This has substantially 
changed with the introduction of proportional fonts.

> > As for source you can't align with any hope of precision since
> > some other dude will have another tab width setting, so then
> > he will arrange it the way he thinks it should look, and this
> > "change" to the source rings all the little bells and so
> > on ...
> We have a single tab width setting for all code. And it's very easy to
> put `tab-width' in the local variables section of a file.

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