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Old 02-19-2008, 03:58 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by iamback View Post
I think that "pretty printers" may have gone out of fashion, actually.

The idea of course is to create "pretty" code off the bat, and decent text editors will help you these days with auto-indent features (even language-savvy auto-indent), so there's hardly any excuse left (for a human) to not write code that's well-indented.
I use Notepad++ for editing. It does have an auto-indent feature, which is--I think--pretty rudimentary. It's certainly not as intelligent as the auto indenting that Visual Basic Express does, for example. Of course, I have my own problems with VB Express.

As I mentioned in my original post, I try to create it as I go, but frequently, I lose my place in particularly long or complicated sections of php or (X)HTML.

The other cause may be that there are many possible "rules" for indenting code (and software projects may impose theirs), which may not match whatever a pretty printer "thinks" it should be.
You're absolutely right about that. Sometimes I can't remember my own "rules," and when I get to the bottom, I realize things are slightly off, and going back can be a bit of a challenge.
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