I once consulted for the IT unit of a large pharmaceutical where development management was trying to enforce TAB=3 spaces as a formatting requirement. I quit, of course, because TAB=4 is the only true, divine and sanctified way to layout source code. If you do not *grasp* this (and I do not merely say comprehend), you are *useless*.
And also clearly condemned to eternal sulfurous hellfire.
Please take all of the above with sufficient amounts of salt. But you do realize that arguing that some amount of white space is "bad" or "good" or "worse" or "better" is sheer religious warfare combined with arrogance worthy of the young Boulez. If tab stops worry you, get a configurable text editor.