To K&R or not

Peter Beutner p.beutner at
Sat Jun 3 18:49:55 CDT 2006

James Hawkins schrieb:
> 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.
hm but isn't it rather insane to require specific editor settings just to be
able to *view* the code?

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