[Doc-SIG] Re: Proposal for indented sections in reStructuredText

castor@snafu.de castor@snafu.de
Fri, 15 Jun 2001 08:34:45 MET

On Thu, 14 Jun 2001 13:08:48 -0400 (EDT) Ken Manheimer <klm@digicool.com> wrote
> I'm a little frustrated by the intensity of the rhetoric in the
> pro-indentation camp.  

Sorry for that. My apologies especially to David. 

> I think it's misguided to argue as if there's some natural law
> that makes it fundamentally "right".  (I particularly cringe when i
> hear it called "pythonic" - or "unpythonic", for that matter.  I
> suspect either term is purely unsubstantial in this context.)
> [...]
> most conventional programming languages (not just python!) require
> exquisite indentation so people can easily read them.

If indentation would be "fundamentally right" or "wrong", there would be 
much less argument. And I recall not a few points that centered
on practical aspects from, I hope, both sides. I threw in "pythonic"
because Python is -- to my knowledge, please correct me -- one of very 
few languages to use *significant* indentation. 

I guess all major points have been raised in the discussion, 
so we might as well call it a day. Sorry for the volume of it anyway,