Subject: Re: Parentheses and indenting, etc.
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1997/07/31
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp,comp.programming,comp.lang.c++
Message-ID: <>

* Walt Howard
| Well, in all honesty, the unix diff has a feature to ignore whitespace in
| determining sameness.

not really.  it only collapses sequence of blanks and tabs into one blank.
this doesn't take care of such things as adding or removing insignificant
whitespace where zero whitespace is allowed, or the annoying newlines that
are also considered "whitespace" in all programming languages.

Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM: "man shall think.  machines shall work."
William H. Gates, III, Microsoft: "man shall work.  machines shall not."