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Python indentation (3 spaces)

On Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 4:44 AM Peter J. Holzer <hjp-python at hjp.at> wrote:
> On 2018-10-08 10:36:21 +1100, Chris Angelico wrote:
> > TBH, I think that tab width should be up to the display, just like the
> > font. You're allowed to view code in any font that makes sense for
> > you, and you should be able to view code with any indentation that
> > makes sense for you. If someone submits code and says "it looks
> > tidiest in Times New Roman 12/10pt", I'm sure you'd recommend making
> > sure it doesn't matter [1]; if someone submits code and says "you have
> > to set your tabs equal to 5 spaces or it looks ugly", you'd say the
> > same, right?
> >
> > How wide my indents are on my screen shouldn't influence your screen
> > or your choices.
> Theoretically I would agree with you: Just use a single tab per
> indentation level and let the user decide whether that's displayed as 2,
> 3, 4, or 8 spaces or 57 pixels or whatever.
> In practice it doesn't work in my experience. There is always someone in
> a team who was "just testing that new editor" and replaced all tabs
> with spaces (or vice versa) or - worse - just some of them. It is safer
> to disallow tabs completely and mandate a certain number of spaces per
> indentation level.

Ahh yes, it hurts to stick your neck out and have someone hack at it... :|