[Numpy-discussion] Ticket review: #843

Alan G Isaac aisaac@american....
Wed Jul 16 17:27:05 CDT 2008

On Wed, 16 Jul 2008, Christopher Barker apparently wrote:
> Indentation is syntax in python -- we do need to all do it 
> the same way, and four spaces is the standard -- there 
> simply isn't another reasonable option if you want o share 
> code with anyone else. 

Last comment (since this has already gone too long):

There are large projects that accept the use of either 
convention.  (E.g., Zope, if I recall correctly.)

BUT projects set their own style guidelines,
and I am NOT in any way proposing that NumPy change.
(Not that it would possibly matter if I did so.)

But just to be clear: the common arguments against the use 
of tabs are demonstrably false and illustrate either 
ignorance or use of an incapable editor.  Nobody with 
a decent editor will ever have problems with code that 
consistently uses tabs for indentation---a choice that can 
easily be signalled by modelines when code is shared on 
a project that allows both conventions.


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