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Re^3: No Hard Tabs in Code

by ikegami (Pope)
on Jul 01, 2010 at 23:43 UTC ( #847647=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: No Hard Tabs in Code
in thread No Hard Tabs in Code

Getting tokens internal to a line to start exactly on tab stops is sometimes a bit trickier, without using hard tabs.

I don't know what you mean. Not only does auto-indenting handle that in almost all situations, the tab key of my editors bring me to a tab stop (even though it's configured to do so by adding spaces).

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Re^4: No Hard Tabs in Code
by Xiong (Hermit) on Jul 05, 2010 at 19:48 UTC


    a line1 a line2

    ...and the desired result:

    a line1 a line2

    ...where only spaces intervene; I do not know of any way to align with a single keystroke. If hard tabs are used, a single backspace aligns.

    That was my argument. I hope I've made it clear that I no longer find it compelling.

    - the lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne -

      Wait, you're saying you're using tabs mid line? ow! Your code will look like garbage if the viewer uses different tab stops. I don't mind doing some extra work to avoid that.

      It's also a big time waster and distraction to have to pause after each press of Del or cursor to see how far the cursor has moved. I can delete 10 spaces faster than I can delete 10 columns that may contain tabs.

      Personally, I often come from the left and use Ctrl-Del (delete to character or EOL) since it's usually more natural to come from the left in the situations in which such an operation is done.

        I'm saying that was my former practice. I've reformed; I hope I've made that clear.

        - the lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne -

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