Your comments assume however that a human is writing the code.
We are doing alot with code generation here and looking in
particular at automated
code generation for testing. It makes the code generator alot
easier to write if it does not need to worry about indentation. If the
indentation can be automated then the indent program can
simply be inserted in the Makefile.
Ps. Don tells me he's willing to make to make the change, and will
make a proposal to do in the near future.