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Re: tabs vs spaces

From: Barney Wol <Barney.Wol@noctua.demon.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 22:30:08 +0100
Message-Id: <v04210100b505828adee2@[]>
To: html-tidy@w3.org
I prefer tabs also.  I can easily (re-) define the number of spaces 
these are expanded to on my favourite text editor (BBEdit on the 
Macintosh).  It also makes for smaller files, particularly if there 
is a lot of indenting.  And we are always being told to minimise the 
file size to speed downloading :-)



>I also prefer tabs over multiple spaces. Moreover, I run an 
>"extended find and replace" to replace double spaces with single 
>spaces over all HTML documents that I receive to edit from other 
>authors (this is done recursively until no more matches occur).
>So if it's just because of lack of request that there is no option 
>to tell Tidy to use tabs for pretty printing HTML, I hereby add my 
>request to Michael's - are two requests enough for getting this 
>implemented? ;-)
>Sebastian Lange
>At 11:47 24.03.2000 -0600, Dave Raggett wrote:
>>On Sun, 20 Feb 2000, Michael D. Hubbard wrote:
>> > I'm curious about the use of tabs instead of spaces for
>> > indenting. I have always liked tabs (maily because of display in
>> > my editors).  The tidy web page says "Tidy never outputs tabs".
>> > Is there a particular reason for this or just an option not
>> > implemented?
>>The number of columns for each tab stop varies from one system or
>>program to another, Unix systems generally use 8, but other systems
>>often use 4 or 5 columns. Many people like to use a smaller number
>>of spaces, to maximize the space remaining before the right margin.
>>In principle, an option could be added to use tabs, but this isn't a
>>frequently requested option.
>>-- Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org> http://www.w3.org/People/Raggett
>>tel/fax: +44 122 578 3011 (or 2521) +44 385 320 444 (mobile)
>>World Wide Web Consortium (on assignment from HP Labs)
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