[TxMt] tabs

Ryan Schmidt textmate-2004 at ryandesign.com
Wed Dec 29 00:15:08 UTC 2004

On 27.12.2004, at 21:05, Patrick Kelly wrote:

> I'd like to be able to set my "indentation level" to 4 and leave the 
> tab stops at 8.  That is, if I hit my tab key the cursor should move 
> as if my tabs stops are set at 4 (any any spaces required should be 
> added).  If there are any actual tab characters in the file, the file 
> should display as if I had selected 8 as my tab size.  (Basically this 
> is because I edit files that other people have edited using emacs 
> which "intelligently" uses tabs where it can to fill in sequences of 8 
> spaces.)

One uses tabs *or* spaces to indent, not some mixture of the two -- 
that's madness. People speak so highly of emacs; it can't possibly 
force this behavior. It must be possible to tell it not to do that. And 
I don't see any need for TextMate to provide workarounds for other 
people's broken editor configurations. Adding a feature to TextMate to 
deal with this lunacy just makes for more-confusing preferences and 
application bloat for I would hope the majority of users whose 
coworkers have their editors set up reasonably.

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