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Richard Laager rlaager at
Tue Aug 28 13:38:04 EDT 2007

On Tue, 2007-08-28 at 10:06 -0400, Ethan Blanton wrote:
> For the record, _tabs are 8 spaces_.

> (Note that I myself also prefer 4-space indentation -- but that is a
> completely separate issue.)

If you use tabs for indentation and spaces for lining things up, this is
never* a problem, regardless of the tab width.

Here's an example:
________ = a single tab

void foo()
________if (my_variable == your_variable ||
________    your_variable == 1) {

Now, if you cut your tab size to 4 spaces, the second line of the if
still lines up:

void foo()
____if (my_variable == your_variable ||
____    your_variable == 1) {

I also think this is a wonderful example of why I like braces on their
own lines, but that's another flame war. ;)


* Yes, I'm ignoring proportional width fonts, but nobody should be
expecting things to line up in that case.
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