Coding standards

Alexandre Julliard julliard at
Wed Nov 27 15:30:02 CST 2002

"Dimitrie O. Paun" <dpaun at> writes:

> On the other hand, what's the big deal with mixing tabs and spaces?
> What's the big loss as compared to only spaces? This is just trying
> to impose (silly) policy on people. As long as we stick to the
> standard meaning of tab (which is 8, there's no question about it.
> What do you get when you send a file to the printer? Or open it in
> a non-customized editor?), there is no need whatsoever to force
> people into this or that way. And this without a loss for anyone!

There are two problems with tabs: one is that no matter how much we
agree that the tab size is 8, some people do change their editor
settings and that messes up the code; the other is that it makes diffs
harder to read because things don't line up properly due to the extra
char in the first column. It's much better to only use spaces (but I'm
of course not going to try to enforce that).

Alexandre Julliard
julliard at

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