[Haskell] Re: Use of tab characters in indentation-sensitive
davidb at home.se
Sun Jan 25 20:44:35 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.
But then you would be forced to use exactly those tools and/or that
development platform. I have programmed in languages that extend beyond
ASCII (most modern languages actually do, but that is another story.) One of
these languages is APL or, more specifically, A+.
Not a nice experience, and that is "just" an extension w.r.t. character
table used. Once you leave the sheltered environment of a properly set up
Emacs with proper fonts installed, it all looks like random junk.
> 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. :(
We guys try and some of us have used non-alphanumeric symbols, but they do
not add much, unless one leaves the linear realm of text completely and
enters the world of diagrammatic notations.
> Besides, the idea would be not to use  , but rather some "indent
> paragraph" tag.
That would hardly make it more tractable outside the sheltered "Tag Editor,"
foo bar = case bar of
<indent />Zot x -> ...
<indent />Pleb -> ...
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