Stripping of whitespaces at the end of lines

jon at jon at
Wed May 29 12:29:47 CDT 2002

On Wed, 29 May 2002, Dimitrie O. Paun wrote:

> you gain? A dubious benefit of being able to see the code at
> a different indentation level, which can NOT work anyway.

Actually, I've worked on several projects (one of which I'd estimate, 
without counting, as being twice as many LOC as Wine) where tabs have been 
enforced.  Worked fine.  (I'm not about to suggest LOC as any great 
measure of a project, but indentation style is one of the few discussions 
where it's a useful metric.)

> If you've ever tried it, you would realize that it's a silly idea.

See above.

> Example:
> 	if ( blah & blah & ...
> 	      aaaa & bbbb & ...)
> How do you nicely align the "aaaa & bbbb & ..." line below the
> "blah & blah & ..." using only tabs? Aha, so you have to use spaces!

Yep.  What you end up with is:

<tab>if ( blah && foo && baz &&
<tab>_____gnerk && blerk)

...where the underscores are indeed spaces.  Everyone, no matter their tab 
size, sees the same.

> So the rules are complicated, who do you think will follow them?

Actually, a lot of editors can follow them automatically.

> And for what???

Readable diffs, consistent code, everyone being able to use their own 
indentation level, smaller source files, easier cursoring across 
indentation levels with a well-configured editor, no reason to argue 
about whether "a tab is 8 characters".  Take your pick.

I'm not going to try and convince you further, especially since Alexandre 
says he's not going to enforce anything anyway, but tab characters were 
created for a reason :-)

Jon Bright

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