Python indentation (3 spaces)
On 15Oct2018 00:33, Peter J. Holzer <hjp-python at hjp.at> wrote:
>On 2018-10-15 09:06:11 +1100, Chris Angelico wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 8:56 AM Marko Rauhamaa <marko at pacujo.net> wrote:
>> > Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com>:
>> > > Tabs for indentation have semantic meaning. Top-level has zero tabs.
>> > > One indentation level is represented by one tab. Two indentation
>> > > levels? Two tabs. It's about as perfect a representation as you could
>> > > hope for.
>> > That *could* be the situation. However, it is trumped by an older
>> > convention whereby the indentation levels go as follows:
>> > 0:
>> > 1: SPC SPC
>> > 2: SPC SPC SPC SPC
>> > 3: SPC SPC SPC SPC SPC SPC
>> > 4: TAB
>> > 5: TAB SPC SPC
>> > 6: TAB SPC SPC SPC SPC
>> > 7: TAB SPC SPC SPC SPC SPC SPC
>> > 8: TAB TAB
>That's not using tabs for indentation, that's using tabs for compressing
>spaces (somebody already mentioned that in this thread).
>> I've literally NEVER come across this as a convention. Not a single
>> file that I have ever worked with has used it. Where is this
>> convention from?
>It's something vi does by default, and apparently emacs as well.
>In the 1970's saving space by replacing sequences of 8 spaces
>with tabs seemed lika a good idea.
>There are workarounds in vi(m), but I'm not sure if you can get rid of
>that behaviour completely. I'm sure it is possible in emacs.
I'm a "just use spaces" guy. I use the tab _key_ as a shortcut to do a
bunch of spaces.
My vim setup has this:
which turns them into spaces.
Cameron Simpson <cs at cskk.id.au>