RE: Depicting Spaces

Subject: RE: Depicting Spaces
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 11:19:14 -0500


Several people have recommended the traditional glyphs of a crossed b or a staple (cup, whatever you wanna call it), and either of those works fine.

Other people have suggested brackets, hash marks, and pipes. These, most emphatically, do NOT work fine. The reason is that all of these glyphs have specific meanings in any number of programming languages. Thus they would be ambiguous. (Am I s'pozeta type a pipe or am I s'pozeta type a space?) Remember, the original question was about indicating spaces _in code samples_!


"Cadorette Johanne" wrote:

>What about using a vertical bar? One bar (|)could indicate a space, as
>Johanne Cadorette
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Iggy [mailto:iggy_1996dp -at- yahoo -dot- com]
>Sent: Monday, October 29, 2001 12:37 PM
>Subject: Re: Depicting Spaces
>I would guess that an underscore would be almost as
>hard to distinguish as an actual space (they run
>together). Why not either a distinguishable symbol
>(octothorpe?) or perhaps open and closed square
>brackets per space ([]=1 space, [][]=2 spaces)?

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