# What are the best practices for indentation in a TeX file? [closed]

In the text editor that I'm using (Atom), it automatically indents when I use \begin{...}. In some cases, it seems to increase the readability of the document, but otherwise seems unnecessary. Is it better to indent or not indent in a TeX file?

## closed as primarily opinion-based by Torbjørn T., gernot, egreg, Zarko, Stefan PinnowMar 4 '17 at 23:45

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• really it's a matter of personal style, but don't fight your editor, if your editor wants to format/indent the file, either accept that or change the layout options in the editor, if you manually have to keep re-correcting indentation as you and the editor disagree on good style, then it just causes pain. – David Carlisle Feb 19 '17 at 21:46
• possibly a duplicate of tex.stackexchange.com/questions/65997/… (even though the title mentions vim, neither question nor answer are vim specific) – David Carlisle Feb 19 '17 at 21:48
• Personally I find that often distract more that it help, specially if this cause a line too long, so you lost the end in the right border or you get a soft line break if wrapping is activated. Anyway, the result is the same, so ... is better as you want. – Fran Feb 19 '17 at 22:21
• @DavidCarlisle But small disagreements are tolerable, if you like the editor otherwise and can't find a better one ;). Mine wants to indent everything in the document environment, which I don't like. But you only have to correct the first line. So that's annoying but manageable. (Not its most annoying feature, anyway.) – cfr Feb 19 '17 at 22:21
• It makes it easier to find errors. For me, anyway, if environments are indented as they nest. You've got a visual representation of the nesting. – cfr Feb 19 '17 at 22:23