[Haskell] Re: Use of tab characters in indentation-sensitive code

Sean L. Palmer seanpalmer at verizon.net
Sun Jan 25 14:03:38 EST 2004

Joking aside, surely you intelligent people realize that the internals of a
file format have nothing whatsoever to do with the user interface of the
editing tool.  Something like this would be completely transparent *if* you
used the right tools.

This just shows how deeply ingrained the ascii plain text mindset is in the
programming community.  I don't expect anything like this to ever fly, for
this reason.  You guys won't let it.  :(

Besides, the idea would be not to use &nbsp, but rather some "indent
paragraph" tag.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ketil Malde" <ketil+haskell at ii.uib.no>
To: "Sean L. Palmer" <seanpalmer at verizon.net>
Cc: "Wolfgang Thaller" <wolfgang.thaller at gmx.net>; <haskell at haskell.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2004 1:06 PM
Subject: Re: Use of tab characters in indentation-sensitive code

> "Sean L. Palmer" <seanpalmer at verizon.net> writes:
> > 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?
> So we could write:
> foo bar = case bar of
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Zot x -> ...
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Pleb -> ...
> (Sorry, I couldn't help myself :-)
> -kzm

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