Tabs vs Spaces
gthornock at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 4 21:59:48 MST 2006
--- Steve <smorrey at gmail.com> 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 standard?
Standards vary from one project to another, and from one company
to another. At work, our standard is tabs; on personal projects,
my standard is two spaces.
The best argument I've seen for tabs is that, given a decent
editor, they can look like whatever number of spaces you prefer.
Thus, I can have my editor show them as two spaces, while my
co-workers have theirs set at four.
I prefer spaces, though, for exactly that reason. A space is
always a space is always a space, and it's consistent no matter
where you view it. I don't have to worry that less, a2ps and
Yahoo! Mail (or is it Firefox?) display tabs as 8 spaces,
making for fairly unreadable code.
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