Surely there can be no doubt regarding the superiority of spaces over tabs in any serious coding project 😉
If you’re stuck on windows, however, and you don’t have perl installed it’s a bit of a hassle to remove the tabs from other peoples’ contributed code. That is, until you’ve been introduced to the Find And Replace Text command line utility (available on windows and linux).
Aside from burdening us with a rather unfortunate acronym, this software replaces all tabs with spaces in a great one-liner:
C:/htdocs/my_project>fart -r -C * t ” ”
This will recursively blast through your project and rip out all tab offenses.