Character index vs Column number in GHC error messages

Krasimir Angelov kr.angelov at
Wed Aug 31 03:17:41 EDT 2005

2005/8/31, Bayley, Alistair <Alistair_Bayley at>:
> > From: Krasimir Angelov [mailto:kr.angelov at]
> >
> > The difference comes from the tab
> > characters which can have different width depending from the editor
> > settings. For such reason all compilers, which I am aware of, display
> > the character index instead of column number. ... GHC displays the
> > column number instead and this confuses the editors.
> Dude! Don't use tabs :-)

This is my preference too but I can't prevent Visual Haskell users to
use tabs. :-)

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