How can code formatting be made more intuitive for newcomers?
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We suggest to apply a proper code formatting 10 times per day. Not formatted is nearly unreadable and it is actually not hard to apply it - if you know how.
How can the interface be improved to let newcomers comprehend the formatting style directly and intuitively?
I'd like to see that too. I post code all the time and I hate it that when the code has a blank line in there (to separate distinct sections of code) that I have to highlight each and every section and click the code icon. What a pain!
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Walter Roberson on 27 Jul 2011
If "code" mode were made the default, with a way to switch to paragraph mode (that supported character-level markup) then there might be less problem, perhaps.
Walter, here is what you get if you paste in 5 lines of code with the third line of code being a blank line between the 2nd and 4th line of code, and then highlight all 5 lines and click the "code" icon. In the "markup" box my clc is on a separate line below this, while in the Preview box it's on the same line and not formatted as code even though I highlighted all 5 lines and clicked the code icon: clc; close all;
Daniel Shub on 15 Nov 2011
Maybe the question is wrong. I think a better question is why is unformatted code so unreadable? I cannot believe that there isn't a better comprise between the readability of text and the readability of code without any need to apply formatting. Sure this might mean that getting optimal formatting is harder (e.g., you might need to mark all paragraphs as either text or code). I would take this added inconvenience if it means the default (i.e., unformatted) is readable for both code and text.