Subject: Re: Time to update KNF?
To: None <>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
List: tech-kern
Date: 01/19/2000 14:19:31
> What I fail to understand is that if we have data that supports that
> 2-4 space indents produces more comprehensible code,

If we did, yes, you might have a point.

But what we have is a study that shows that code written at 2-4 space
indents is more comprehensible than that same code mechanically (ie,
stupidly) reformatted to six-space indents.

For a sample of people including supposed experts who saw nothing wrong
with a zero-space indent (ie, unindented) version.

A study which openly admits that it started out with the intent of
showing that small indents are better, and doesn't say how many
methodologies and data sets they had to throw away before they got the
result they wanted.

In short, I see no reason to think the study in question has any
relevance to NetBSD KNF.

					der Mouse

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