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6.3 Spacing and Separators

The examples we've seen so far used a rigid indentation convention which was intended to illuminate the structure of the program. This was just a convention, and the E language places no constraints on the amount of whitespace (spaces, tabs and linefeeds) you place between statements. However, within statements you must supply enough spacing to make the statement readable. This generally means that you must put whitespace between adjacent identifiers which start or end with a letter, number or underscore (so that the compiler does not think it's one big identifier!). So, in practice, you should put a space after a keyword if it might run into a variable or procedure name. Most other times (like in expressions) identifiers are separated by non-identifier characters (a comma, parenthesis or other symbol).


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