[Haskell-beginners] indentation

Jorden Mauro jrm8005 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 14 18:44:42 EST 2010

On Feb 14, 2010, at 6:00 PM, Magnus Therning <magnus at therning.org>  

> On 14/02/10 22:05, Jorden Mauro wrote:
>> On Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 4:46 PM, Stephen Blackheath [to
>> Haskell-Beginners]  
>> <mutilating.cauliflowers.stephen at blacksapphire.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Jorden,
>>> Cave persons such as yourself can use tabs as long as your tab  
>>> size is 8
>>> characters.  This is "hard-coded" into the Haskell 98 specification.
>> My editor, being made of sticks, some rocks, and the jawbone of an
>> ass, just puts in a tab character. The graphical representation of a
>> tab character expands from the insertion point to the nearest  
>> multiple
>> of 8 characters, but that has no bearing on the file contents.
> Sure it does, the bearing is that there's a tab character there.  ;-)

If I put one.

>> Also, there are situations when a tab-boundary is not enough. What  
>> is the
>> correct course of action here?
> Other people have already suggested it: change editor.

Not happening. Sam is sublime.

> Please let us know if there is *any* good reason for anyone to be  
> using such a
> limited editor in the 21st century.

Structural regexes. Size. Remote editing. Simplicity of code, UI, etc.  
Lack of bugs. Orthogonality. Performance. (Sam handles dozens of  
megabyte-sized files, even on a remote machine, without batting an  
eye, even during regex commands)

>> Currently, I usually try to change the line to spaces, or if I'm  
>> lazy,
>> I'll put spaces after tabs, which I don't feel good about. My editor
>> knows enough to indent the next line the same amount.
> From this it sounds like you aren't using such a stone age editor  
> after all.

I assure you, I am. It has exactly only 33 commands. Give it a spin, I  
doubt you'll like it. It's not ed, but does have a GUI -- a verrry  
simple one.

> Are you sure you can't get it to also convert tabs to spaces?

Not without reprogramming it. Of course, I could convert files by  
hand, but I could just as easily use spaces. I just thought tabs were  

I was a contientious objector in the Tabs or Spaces War. Is just using  
spaces the Haskell Caveman Solution?

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