Use of tab characters in indentation-sensitive code
krc at cs.berkeley.edu
Sat Jan 24 14:26:58 EST 2004
On Sat, Jan 24, 2004 at 12:21:03PM -0800, Sean L. Palmer wrote:
> Why has HTML been out for many many years, and yet programming languages
> still use plain ASCII text exclusively? Don't we have similar needs as
> other electronic document manipulators?
Because HTML was designed as a language for constructing hypertext documents.
It's (moderately) good at that. It would be terrible for constructing programs
(if you're not convinced, try reading HTML e-mail in a text-based mail reader
sometime). This is not to say that we *shouldn't* take advantage of technology
going beyond ASCII text for expressing programs, just that HTML would be
entirely the wrong technology.
Kirsten Chevalier * krc at cs.berkeley.edu * Often in error, never in doubt
"The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth."--Camus
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