Chris Angelico <ros...@gmail.com>:
> On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 6:01 PM, Marko Rauhamaa <ma...@pacujo.net> wrote:
>> Pretty much. Try printing out your program with lpr, or sending it to
>> the terminal with cat, or opening it with with Firefox.
> I don't use paper, but I tried cat and Firefox. In each case, the tab
> characters showed precisely as they should: as indentation. Was it the
> exact same amount of indentation that showed when I originally wrote
> the text in my editor? Was it displayed in the same font as my text
> editor uses? Was the window the same size as that of my text editor?
> Was the text colour the same everywhere? And do any of these questions
> even matter?
Those questions do matter when you mix whitespace and tabs, as well as
in cases like these:
The tools I mentioned honor the traditional tab stop columns:
1, 9, 17, 25, 33, 41, 49, 57, 65, 73
> Semantically, indentation is indentation.
The presence of a HT code point in a plain text file is not a semantic
marker for indentation. It is a silly, traditional compression scheme
> I prefer to use tabs in my code precisely *because* they are not
> defined in a concrete way.
If you ever had to review C source code pull requests where tabs and
spaces alternate randomly...