Tabnanny really useful?

Stuart Bishop stuart at stuartbishop.net
Thu Dec 23 11:30:16 CET 2004


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Franz Steinhaeusler wrote:

| Not really soo useful, because most syntax and also indentation errors
| are actually detected by invoking python, i.e. the command compile.
| But as combination for this: yes why not.
| I looked for Stanis spe editor, which uses a combination of these two.

Just because Python compiles and runs something does not mean that there
are no indentation errors. tabnanny works great because it removes all
ambiguous cases so you never have to worry about it. We use it as part
of our test suite to guard against misconfigured editors.

(again using '.' instead of space) Why would you want to allow '.\tprint
foo' in Python source when you could clean it up to be the totally
unambigous '........print foo'. As a more rational example, would you
want to allow '....\tprint foo', which will totally confuse someone with
their editor misconfigured with 4 char tabs?


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Stuart Bishop <stuart at stuartbishop.net>
http://www.stuartbishop.net/
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