[Haskell-cafe] Bird-style and blank lines
wren ng thornton
wren at freegeek.org
Sun Sep 21 23:02:41 EDT 2008
Paulo Tanimoto wrote:
>  I don't think it's that common to add a ">" by accident.
By intention, probably. But by accident it is a lot more common than you
might think. Accidents like corrupting the linebreaks or line wrapping
in a file are quite prevalent when exchanging files across different
platforms or medium formats. Consider also file type misdetection with
other languages like HTML; or more convincingly, consider language
interleaving. And there're always garden variety typos like dropping a
bird track or adding a space before it.
Usually such corruption is easily captured by code not compiling, but I
think the big thing to consider when suggesting changes to the .lhs
format is how it affects the robustness of detecting file corruption,
typos, etc. The whitespace restriction captures a goodly number of typos
mentioned above, though it may not be so helpful for the other corruptions.
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