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Tab Characters Proven Illogical
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Posted on Monday, September 18th 2023 by owlstuffing | 2 pointsIn simple terms a tab character is a shortcut that inserts N spaces. N varies by personal preference, by document, by editor. What looks nice with your 8 space tabs may look terrible with my 2 space tabs. Therefore, physically inserting the tab macro into a document that others read/edit is criminal. Q.E.D.
p.s. tab characters are not a substitute for formatting tools, don't be that guy
p.s.s. if humans were smart, they would store source files as the AST and not ASCII scratched onto clay tablets
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Your 2 spaces don't maybe look bad to me, they certainly look illegible to me & awful.
Q.e.d, you are wrong & spaces are immoral.
The risk of things not being ideal is such an awful bludgeon against letting people do things their own way.
So you don't even get the basic premise right. Jump right to the hyperbolic "criminal" (don't be that guy). And end with the "Q.E.D." (don't be that guy).
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