Tabs vs Spaces
levi at cold.org
Sat Nov 4 20:42:51 MST 2006
On Nov 4, 2006, at 7:37 PM, Steve wrote:
> Just got a bit of a critque on my coding style.
> I realize this has been debated ad-nausem, but does anyone know the
> origin of the tabs vs spaces debate? I mean seems to me hitting TAB a
> single time is alot easier than hitting the space bar multiple times,
> but I also know there are editors that will convert tabs to spaces and
> vice versa.
> Is there maybe a standard set somewhere on this? Was there ever a
There are as many standards for using tabs and spaces as there are
standards for formatting code. It tends to vary from project to
project, and people get pretty religious about it. The origin of the
debate is probably due to the fact that not all editors use the same
tab stop width, so code that looks nice in one person's editor will
look different in someone else's. There are advantages and
disadvantages to both ways. I don't really care about it so long as
things are consistent throughout a project and look reasonable. Most
real programming editors can be configured to work either way.
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