When I push
tab in many applications like
vim, OpenOffice etc., the tab size is equivalent to 8 spaces/characters.
This is the default for many applications. When the default terminal size is 80 chars horizontally, why is the tab size this big? After 5 tabs I am half way across the terminal, and text starts to look ugly, with text wrapping.
I was wondering what the history behind the decision for 8 chars tabs is.
I know how to change the settings in vim to make it 4 chars. I just want to understand why we still have 8 set as the default across so many applications.