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How many spaces are equal to the space of a tab while typing?

How many spaces are equal to the space of a tab while typing?

How many spaces are equal to the space of a tab while typing?

Thanks for A2A.

How many spaces are equal to the space of a tab while typing?


A tab position is an artificial margin for the alignment of tabulated text. The <tab> character instructs the display processor (or printer engine) to move to the next tab position.

While it was possible for mono-spaced typewriters to space across to the new position (even though mechanical tab stops were usually provided), proportional space (and scalable) fonts seriously mess up such hard formatting.

It’s exactly the same scenario as using hard carriage returns when laying up text. It might look

OK at the time of typing, but if the margins, font, or font size are altered, it throws everything

into chaos.

If you are using a proper word processor, the Tab key will move to the next tab, and you will then commence typing the next section. By default, MSWord sets automatic tab-stops every 1/2″ and, when editing someone else’s document, it is not uncommon for me to encounter attempts at multiple spaces to get tabular alignment or even multiple tab markers indicating that the original author had never been taught how to use tabs correctly.

Of course, it is still possible to enlarge a font so that the previous text now pushes into the newly tabbed position. This problem has been addressed by the ability to insert proper tables so that all text is contained within one cell. If DOSWord 5.5 had a proper table feature, I would never have migrated to Windows. The workaround with side-by-side paragraphs was just too messy (and memory-crashing) for the complexity of the documents on which I work. For me, this is a comparatively simple example:

Try getting all those vertical alignments correct with just the spacebar! Note that there are also dotted underline bars in the Vendor and Purchaser columns, but they don’t show up at the resolution of my screen capture.

If you are using something like Notepad, the Tab key will automatically insert four spaces. It doesn’t care about the character position in the current line of text; four spaces have been hard-coded into that editor. After all, it’s for creating quick notes (usually to oneself), not laying out fancy documents.

In an electronic world, spaces and tabs are two very different beasts, just as different as line breaks and paragraph markers, and understanding these things properly is what separates a typist from a typographer. Unfortunately, most courses in word processing don’t teach these important details. Those of us who started on mechanical typewriters and progressed up the technological ladder through the evolutionary years were able to figure them out for ourselves.

When typing, how many spaces are equal to the space of a tab?

The number of spaces that are equal to the width of a tab character can vary depending on the software or text editor you are using. In many text editors and coding environments, a tab is equivalent to four spaces by default, but this is not a universal standard. Some software allows users to configure the tab width according to their preferences, and it can be set to different values such as 2, 4, 8, or more spaces.

The choice of how many spaces a tab represents is often a matter of coding style or personal preference. It’s essential to be consistent with the tab width you use in a particular project or codebase, as inconsistent tab widths can lead to formatting issues and readability problems in code and text documents.

How many spaces are in a tab?

it varies. Most word processors let you set tabs for whatever positions you want. Programming editors usually let you set a fixed number of spaces for a tab character; from my experience, 2 to 4 spaces would be common. You can usually specify if you want to save the file with tab characters embedded or have them converted to space characters.

Don’t forget that tab stops (formally, “tabulation stops”) are horizontal positions on the line. You set them as distances from the margins. For example, you might set tab stops at 1/2 inch, 2 inch, and 3–1/2 inch. (Those are numbers I just pulled out of my head.) Hitting “Tab” instructs the word processor to move the cursor to the next specified position on the line.

How many spaces are in a tab?

A2A: It would be best to assume a fixed-width font for this question.

Answer: The number of spaces that it takes to get to the next tab stop.

In general, the positioning of the tab stops can be arbitrary. A common default for the number of characters from one tab stop to the next is 8 characters, with the first stop at the ninth character position of a line.

With a variable-width font, the tab stops must be at specified physical positions. What fills is not individual space. We are just talking about the size of the resulting white space.

When typing, how many spaces are equal to the space of a tab?


In manual typewriting, tab stops were actual, mechanical stops set on the typewriter’s carriage. They were independent of character width and spacing.

Modern word processing software replicates that behaviour to a fault, allowing you to set tab stops at basically arbitrary positions (limited by the measurement system in use and the accuracy to which they resolve distances).

The only places where this connection even makes sense are (some) electrical typewriters, actual ttys, and character cell-based display terminals. And the technologies derived from them.

Today, programming languages and text editors are mainly geared towards programming.

And for those, the answer is ‘however many the relevant programming style guide prescribes, or however many you set your editor to’.

The thing is, ‘Tab’ is a special character in ASCII and various other text encoding schemes and character sets for computers. It’s frequently, but not always, represented as a certain number of spaces. Real EditorsTM let you specify how to represent a tab character.

Whether it’s preferable to use tabs or spaces to structure code is, as far as I can tell, still a bit of a holy war. It was when I sort of cared back in the late nineties, early two thousand, and—going by the copious options Real EditorsTM have to translate one into the other—has been since the seventies, at least.

Keeping in mind that it’s purely a visualisation of a semantic concept, representing a tab as anything between two and five spaces of a fixed-width font on screen or in print appears to be the most common practice, with an average of three, maybe. But don’t quote me on that.

As I said, the proper representation of war tabs as any number of spaces on a character cell display (physical or virtual) is a matter of holy war. And it has been since I even had a solid concept of what a computer is.

When typing, how many spaces are equal to the space of a tab?

The amount of space represented by a tab character can vary depending on the context and settings of the software or application you are using. In most cases, a tab is considered to be equivalent to eight spaces. However, it’s important to note that this can be adjusted or customized in certain text editors or word processing software.

Some software programs allow users to modify the tab width or define their own preferences for the spacing represented by a tab. In such cases, the tab size may differ from the default 8 spaces. It’s always a good practice to check the settings or preferences of the specific software you are using to determine the exact spacing value assigned to a tab.

Why do some people type with two spaces?

Putting two spaces after a period originated with typewriters and manual typesetting. It looked nicer and was easier to read. It made it easier to tell that a sentence was over, and it wasn’t just another space between two words. The typefaces we now use are mostly on computer screens, and the space given to a period is clearer, making the end of a sentence easier to differentiate from the space between words. So two spaces after a sentence are no longer necessary. In print, some typefaces still look better with two spaces after a sentence. It’s up to the discretion of the designer at that point.

How do you adjust the spacing between words and letters when typing on a computer?

The spacing between words and letters when typing on a computer is determined by the font and the layout of the text. However, there are a few ways to adjust the spacing to meet your preferences or requirements:

  1. Adjusting the font size: Changing the font size can make the spacing between letters and words appear more or less condensed, depending on the size you choose.
  2. Changing the font: Different fonts have different characteristics and can affect the spacing between letters and words. Some fonts may be naturally more spaced out or condensed than others.
  3. Adjusting the letter spacing: Some programs and fonts allow you to adjust the letter spacing, also known as kerning. This allows you to manually adjust the space between each letter.
  4. Adjusting the line spacing: This refers to the amount of space between lines of text. Increasing the line spacing can make the text easier to read, but it can also make the document longer.
  5. Adjusting the margin spacing: The margin spacing determines the amount of space between the text and the edge of the document. By adjusting this, you can create more or less space between the text and the edge of the document.

Note that how you adjust these settings can vary depending on the program or application you are using to type.

How many spaces are required between punctuation?

I am assuming you are referring to the number of spaces between sentences.

There are some that say one space.

There are others who say two spaces.

The one-spacers are generally pretty adamant that one space is the only acceptable answer.

The two-spacers will acknowledge that either one or two spaces are acceptable. They simply prefer the latter. They are typically a pretty relaxed group that doesn’t get their pants in a bunch when all the one-spacers are throwing rocks at them, telling them how wrong they are and that they will burn in hell. They just keep on keeping on and let the one-spacers think whatever they wish to think.

Do all people type with only one space between words?

As a person who has written for a living for over 30 years, I can say that I have always only placed one space between words since the days of the typewriter. This is what is dictated by widely accepted style guides like the Chicago Manual of Style, and it often boils down to what is most efficient. Back in the day, typists were rated on how many words per minute they could type. Having to hit the space bar only once meant that they eliminated one keystroke for every word they typed, thus increasing their typing speed.

When word processors came out in the 1970’s, the software often corrected things like spacing, and word justification (the width of a line) became popular, automatically adjusting the spacing. However, sometimes the resulting text looked odd. Just look at your average newspaper column to see what I mean.

Recently, adding two spaces between sentences has come under attack. For years, it was acceptable to hit the space bar twice between sentences. Lately, I’ve noticed more and more that publications are reverting to using only one space between sentences. Personally, I fluctuate, as evidenced by what I have typed in this answer.

When typing in English, how many spaces should follow a period, and how many spaces should follow a comma?

This is what Pitman’s Institute and other secretarial training providers have been teaching since at least the late 1950s (ever since proportional spacing came to typewriting):

When using fixed-pitch typefaces (e.g. Courier),

  • Comma — nil space before, one space after
  • Fullstop (period): nil space before, two spaces after

When using proportional typefaces (e.g. Times, Colibri, etc),

  • Comma — nil space before, one space after
  • Fullstop — nil space before, one space after

Thanks to:—

“1,000+ people were sent your answer in the Quora Digest.” (15 May 2017)

Why is GitHub’s default tab size 8 spaces instead of 4? Is 8 spaces much more readerable?

This has a long history, starting back in the days of typewriters, teletype terminals, and whatnot. And typewriters traditionally had tab stops every 8 characters (although on many models, this could be manually adjusted).

Technically, a tab is not X spaces. It advances the cursor (or typewriter) to the next tab stop. So if the cursor is at a position lower than 8, a tab will advance the cursor to position 8. It does not advance a fixed number of positions; it advances to the next multiple of 8.

So if12, your cursor is at position 4, and you want to advance it to position 12? Well, you could do eight spaces. Or you could do a tab stop (to get to position 8), followed by 4 spaces. It would look the same on screen or paper.

As time went on, people (naturally) got slightly confused about the difference between “indentation” and “tabs.”. They are different, but related concepts.

In many languages and data structures, it is useful to indent portions of the text, basically to make the structure visually obvious.

In the “olden days” (when computing was less advanced), programs and data structures were smaller, and it was perfectly acceptable to “indent-by-8”; after all, we had that very useful TAB character, which would ensure that things lined up nicely!

But as nesting levels increase, indenting by 8 is excessive. Your code or data ends up being uncomfortably wide and may not fit on a single line of screen paper.

So what to do?

Since programmers were used to indent using TABs, redefining tab stops to every 4 characters was feasible. But not entirely backward compatible.

Nowadays, many editors allow people to define their own tab stops, usually 4 or 8. And some editors default to 4 because of…

The end result is usually chaos: code from different authors uses a different tab convention, and nobody is happy.

To make a long story short (I know it’s too late, but bear with me): If you want things to line up for everybody, use spaces. Do not use tabs.

Spaces or tabs, which is better?

Consistency is better.

I assume you are talking about Python. In other languages, it doesn’t matter as much, but it still can.

If you write some code in one editor and then open it in another (for example, if you wrote some code that will run on a server and the server only has a basic vim available, while at your own workstation you use an advanced IDE), that editor might translate tabs differently than your standard one does. Also, if you work with other people (or in the future, you might be using a different IDE setup), the code might become hard to read if the indentation levels do not match up.

Most good programmers have a consistent style they use, regardless of the language. Python works on the principle that enforcing a style choice is less bothersome than requiring extra syntax that provides no extra function.

So, Python requires each block to be indented uniformly. It then becomes standard to use a uniform indentation style throughout the entire module. Of course, some people use tabs, others spaces, and that can again lead to confusion or odd-looking code. So a style guideline (4 spaces per indentation level; tabs in your IDE should be automatically converted to 4 spaces if possible, for your own convenience) was decided upon.

So, spaces is better because it adheres to the standard that has been chosen by the Python community.

Some IDEs actually check whether your code adheres to style and other conventions. For example, Spyder (which is my default environment for Python development, since I like a lot of its features) has this available.

Is Jio cheating with data? I noticed that the 1 GB data-per-day plan for Jio exhausted quickly compared to other counterpart service providers.

Yes!! Jio is definitely cheating on data. At first, I didn’t notice it. But one day, I stumbled upon this.

I had to download a 900 MB file on my laptop. I had a broadband connection in my office, for which I usually use most of my internet-related work. That particular day, our area was having electrical maintenance work, due to which there was no power in the office. Since that file was needed urgently for a project, I had to download it at any cost. Therefore, I decided to use my mobile data, which had 1.5 GB of data per day. Till then, I hadn’t used the data from my mobile, as I was mostly using wifi in the office. However, when I started to download the file, by the time it was 380 MB, I received a message from Jio that I had used 50% of my data. By the time it reached 860 MB, I received a message that I had exhausted my data completely. 860 MB out of 1.5 GB. I wondered where my remaining data had vanished.

Do note that except for WhatsApp, my mobile didn’t use any other data. And there were no media files on my WhatsApp that particular day. Guess what! I had to wait another 2 hours to download the remaining 40 MB.

Later on, I tested it many different ways, and every time I had the same results. Then I tried the same file download with my Airtel mobile data, and guess what? Airtel gave me exactly 900 MB of usage. And I still had the remaining 600 MB.

In short, Jio is cheating us on data. And cheating us big time. If it was some 50 to 100 MB, it can be argued that data was wasted on background apps and stuff, but the whole 500 to 600 MB?? Never. I will soon be ditching Jio!!!

I have only one thing to say to the Jio team!!

Is it 4 spaces or 1 tab?

The use of 4 spaces or 1 tab for code indentation is a matter of convention and may vary depending on the programming language and the coding style adopted by a particular project or community. Both approaches are common, and the choice often comes down to personal or team preference.

Some coding standards advocate for using spaces for indentation to ensure consistent display across different text editors and platforms. Others prefer tabs for their flexibility and configurability.

It’s essential to check and adhere to the coding style guide of the specific programming language or project you are working on to maintain consistency and readability within the codebase.

When typing, how many spaces are equal to the space of a tab?

Is a tab 4 or 8 spaces?

The width of a tab character can vary depending on the settings of the text editor or programming environment being used. However, a common convention is to set the width of a tab to be equivalent to 4 spaces.

That said, in some environments, the default setting might be 8 spaces for a tab. It’s crucial to be aware of the conventions used in the specific project or programming community you are working with, as well as configuring your text editor accordingly to maintain consistent formatting. Many coding standards and style guides provide recommendations on this matter, so it’s a good practice to follow them for consistency within a codebase.

When typing, how many spaces are equal to the space of a tab?

Is tab equal to 2 spaces?

The width of a tab character can be configured based on the preferences of the user or the settings of the text editor or programming environment. While the common convention is to set the width of a tab to 4 spaces, in some cases, it might be configured to 2 spaces or even a different number.

It’s important to check the specific settings of the text editor or development environment you are using and also to be aware of the coding standards and conventions of the project or programming community you are working in. Adhering to these conventions ensures consistency in code formatting and readability. If there’s any uncertainty, you should consult the project’s documentation or coding style guide for guidance on tab widths.

Is tab equal to 5 spaces?

The width of a tab character can be configured, and it’s not fixed to a specific number of spaces. Common conventions include setting tabs to 2, 4, or 8 spaces, but the actual width can be customized based on the preferences of the user or the settings of the text editor or programming environment.

If you encounter a situation where tabs are set to 5 spaces, it’s likely a specific configuration chosen by the user or the project’s coding standards. It’s important to check the documentation or coding style guide of the project or programming community you are working with to determine the recommended tab width. Consistency in code formatting is crucial for readability and collaboration within a codebase.

When typing, how many spaces are equal to the space of a tab?

Are tabs 8 spaces?

The width of a tab character is not fixed, and it can be configured to different widths based on user preferences or project settings. However, a common convention is to set the tab width to 8 spaces. This means that when you press the tab key, it will typically advance the cursor or indentation by 8 spaces.

That being said, the specific tab width can vary, and it’s essential to check the coding standards or preferences of the project or programming community you are working with. Consistency in tab width is crucial for maintaining readability and avoiding formatting issues within a codebase.

What is classified as outer space?

62 miles, or 100 kilometers, above sea level, the air is so thin it’s almost a vacuum. This is called the “von Kármán line,” or often just written as the “Karman line,” and is considered the informal separation of Earth and space.

At that altitude, the sky turns black, and you can see the stars in the daytime. You would die without a source of oxygen.

However, the Karman line is arbitrary because the atmosphere doesn’t just end at a certain altitude. At higher altitudes, the atmosphere just gets thinner and thinner. Even at 250 miles up, where the International Space Station orbits the Earth, there’s enough thin air to create drag and require an occasional boost to stay in orbit.

It’s said that even on the Moon there is some atmosphere that came from Earth, although for the most part it’s a vacuum on the Moon.

When typing, how many spaces are equal to the space of a tab?

How many satellites are in space?

Satellites in Space

More than 8,000 satellites or man-made orbiting objects have been launched, of which about 5,000 remain in orbit; more than half are non-functional.

Currently, more than 50 countries own or operate the nearly 2,000 functional satellites in orbit.

  1. The U.S. accounts for more than 800 of these, followed by
  2. China (approximately 280),
  3. Russia (approximately 150).
  4. India has an estimated 50 satellites.

Of these 2,000 satellites, over 300 are dedicated military satellites.

  1. Once again, the U.S. has the biggest share here, with nearly 140,
  2. Russia, with nearly 90 and
  3. China with nearly 40.
  4. India has two dedicated satellitesone each for the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force.

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