[Haskell-cafe] Re: [Haskell] Gallopping Tab characters

George Russell ger at informatik.uni-bremen.de
Mon Jan 26 16:10:26 EST 2004

Simon Marlow wrote:

> /me grabs COBOL book and bottle of Vodka

Actually it wasn't Nijny-Novgorod it was Novosibirsk.  The exact
Leslie Lamport quotation is here:


> Francois-Michel Lang would like to get tabs to "work right" in a
> verbatim environment.  One hopes that whoever is responsible for
> including "tab" in the ASCII character set is now roasting in hell for
> his efforts.  It has been suggested that building a system that allows
> the insertion of tabs into a text file should be a capital offense.
> I'm not that extreme; I think that ten years of writing COBOL code in
> Novosibirsk would be adequate punishment.  Unfortunately, there are
> still unpunished offenders building text editors.  Fortunately, there
> exist programs that will replace tabs by the appropriate number of
> spaces.  Running them on all your files will save you much grief
> in the long run. 

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