I use a four space indent which causes problems when indenting
if statements that span multiple lines. For
if (a and b and c): if_block_here
The problem is caused because
if is two characters
if ( is four characters--which matches
the four space indent. I end up with code where I can't easily
distinguish if statement from the if block.
After talking about it with Paul and Chris and working out what the specifics of the problem are, I decided to use double parens. The above with double-parens looks like this:
if ((a and b and c)): if_block_here
That satisfies PEP-8, doesn't change the semantics, and fixes my problem. It is a little goofy to use double parens, but it's a good enough fix until I get around to fiddling with the code that does automatic indentation in python-mode.
I'd be interested in other ideas that don't involve using
at the end of lines if they're out there.