RE: Spaced out

Subject: RE: Spaced out
From: "Steve Hudson" <steve -at- wright -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 11:40:23 +1100

When programmers think of liquid text they can only think of the word Coffee
written on the side of the jar.

When a programmer hears the word "format" as a verb, he thinks "initialise
to a virgin state" or "wipe", thus "Please format your text" sees it

The only tactful way to approach a programmer is with a fresh coffee and

Attrib me if you like em :-)

Steve Hudson , HDK List MVP
Wright Technologies Pty Ltd (Aus) EyeSpring - the future of graphics has
been created.

-----Original Message-----
From: Alex Silbajoris

As I have been combing through some detail specification documents prepared
by developers, I'm finding many instances of an odd behavior. I wonder if
anyone can cofirm a hunch I have.

The developers who populated these documents have the habit of using the
space bar to advance the cursor to the next line, instead of hitting a hard
return or a shift-enter combination. This puzzled me for months, but I think
I may know why this habit seems to be so ingrained. Some of these documents
have system screen shot facimilies, composed in monospace type, and the
screen shots use spaces to position text. Perhaps these people simply use
the same technique to compose a page of hanging-indent paragraphs made
entirely of text and spaces, without a single return character on the page.
(Of course, you can imagine what happens when the top paragraph is edited.)

Has anyone else seen this as a cultural tradition among developers? Is
there some tactful way to tell them they're keystroking like they're unaware
the software can wrap lines?

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