Re: coding style

From: Kok, Auke
Date: Fri Jun 15 2007 - 14:06:00 EST

Chris Friesen wrote:
Consider two people, one with tabs as 8 characters and one with tabs as 4 characters. If person A aligns using a tab plus a space (giving 9 characters), then the alignmnet will be all screwed up for person B (who will see 5 characters of alignment).

The only rule that works (setting aside bad tools) is:

"use tabs for indents and spaces for alignment"

If that means you need to use two dozen spaces, then so be it.

it would be awesome if the script could distinguish between indentation and alignment space usage - this is going to cause major confusion with patch submitters.

I personally think that the sentence

"use tabs for indents and spaces for alignment"

should also be in the CodingStyle document to avoid confusion.

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