Compare source code

Tim Harig usernet at
Thu Nov 4 18:55:55 CET 2010

On 2010-11-04, Neil Cerutti <neilc at> wrote:
> On 2010-11-04, D'Arcy J.M. Cain <darcy at> wrote:
Seebs Wrote:
>>> * Not being able to write an auto-indenter, ever, because it
>>> is by design theoretically impossible:  Annoying.
>> Right.  And in C you can never write an auto-bracer for exactly
>> the same reason.
> It's not right, actually. Auto-indent is fairly easy in
> Python. Auto-dedent is the impossible part.

What Seebs is refering to is that it is difficult or impossible to
re-indent Python source automatically after the indent structure has been
broken (such as his email being converted to html on the server or a web
forum without the possibility of <pre> or [code] tags).  When C becomes
so obfiscated, you can run it through indent to recover the structure of
the source to something that you are familiar with (I actually think macros
could cause problems; but, Seebs has already admitted weaknesses in the C
preprocessor.).  The same is not always true for Python where information
about the code structure may be destroyed.

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