To K&R or not

James Hawkins truiken at
Sat Jun 3 14:51:38 CDT 2006

On 6/3/06, Stephen Clark <Stephen.Clark at> wrote:
> >
> >"Tabs are not forbidden but discouraged. A tab is defined as 8
> >characters and the usual amount of indentation is 4 characters."
> >
> >
> A tab is not defined as 8 spaces - it is defined as go to the next TAB
> STOP! The tab stop
> could be every 8 spaces or 4 spaces or 2 spaces or whatever has been
> defined. The tab
> comes from the manual typewriter and there were physical stops you
> placed where
> you wanted the carriage to stop at.

You misinterpreted the quote.  "A tab is defined as 8 characters"
means that when you're editing Wine code that has tabs in it, you
should set your editor to display tabs as 8 spaces so that we all see
the same indention from a tab.

James Hawkins

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