[Haskell-i18n] Re: Tabs

Dylan Thurston dpt@math.harvard.edu
Wed, 28 Aug 2002 18:40:38 -0400

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On Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 03:33:43PM +0000, Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk wrote:
> Sun, 25 Aug 2002 17:31:21 -0700, Ashley Yakeley <ashley@semantic.org> pis=
> > Two opposing viewpoints, that you should not use tabs in source code at=
> > all --
> > <http://adamspiers.org/computing/why_no_tabs.html>
> >=20
> > ...and that you should tabs in source code, but only for indenting --
> > <http://www.derkarl.org/why_to_tabs.html>
> There are also two viewpoints about how to use tabs, if at all:
> 1. Tabs are always 8, use whatever indent you like (by using as much
>    tabs as fit and then spaces).
> 2. Indent is always one tab, the width is unspecified.
> An interesting fact is that each of these viewpoints works fine when
> used consistently, but they conflict wich each other if mixed. That's
> why people won't universally agree on that: for everybody his method
> works fine internally, it becomes wrong when the other method comes.

Nice summary, although note the conflict is worse if (1) is
interpreted as (2) [broken indentation] than if (2) is interpreted as
(1) [excessive indentation].

Really, it doesn't matter very much.  I'm sorry I brought the whole
issue up.


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