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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-09-09 11:36:53

From: "Rob Stewart" <stewart_at_[hidden]>

> Different people use different toolsets. Some editors are more powerful
> others, of course, and that's always a factor. However, when I print a
file, it
> goes from some command line tool, if I choose, to the printer. It
doesn't go
> through my editor. (I'm primarily on Solaris at work.) I could probably
find a
> tool that would convert tabs to spaces according to some rule, through
which I
> could process Boost files, so I could get appropriate printed output.
> even if there was a standard for indentation at Boost, other libraries
doing the
> same thing might have a different rule for mapping tabs to spaces. If
there is
> no standard, but each library author is free to choose his/her own rule,
> things get even harder. For these reasons, using tabs for indentation is
> lousy practice.

Another reason: the email list is an essential part of Boost and usually
leading tabs are stripped from emails, which makes source code copied from
headers with tabs unreadable when posted.

           David Abrahams * Boost Consulting
dave_at_[hidden] *

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