First, my opinion, since I am so passionate about tabs versus spaces: it should be dead easy to say
a) I want tabs
b) I want spaces
Secondly, after 30 minutes, I finally got tabs to work as tabs and not spaces. The sequence for this makes 0 sense. Here is how you get tabs as tabs instead of spaces in Atom.
- Go to File > Settings > Editor
- Uncheck Soft Tabs
- Set Tab Type to “Hard”
Create a new file, notice that tab still = 2 spaces.
- Uncheck Atomic Soft Tabs?
Tab still = 2 spaces
- Change Tab Length to 4 “spaces”
Tab now seems to be 4 spaces, but,
- Copy-paste code into hex editor, “4 spaces” is actually a tab character.