[tz] tabs vs spaces

Tobias Conradi mail.2012 at tobiasconradi.com
Thu May 2 04:09:39 UTC 2013

On Wed, May 1, 2013 at 9:39 PM, Guy Harris <guy at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> On May 1, 2013, at 5:08 AM, Tobias Conradi <mail.2012 at tobiasconradi.com> wrote:
>> And I assume not any white space separates tokens.

> If you mean "not all white space characters are valid separators",
I had in mind what they do, not whether they are generally valid.

I came from random832 at fastmail.us:

"Tokens in the timezone files are separated by _any whitespace_." and
re-used the any.

I wanted to say "And I assume not /every/ 'any white space' separates tokens."

I had in mind the spaces in the comment field:


"Rothera Station, Adelaide Island"

But since token has not been defined by random832 nor is the word at
all contained Theory, I might be wrong.

> we should allow arbitrary numbers of tabs and/or spaces to be valid separators.
What is the benefit of having more than one tab or one space as one separator?

One tab would allow easy import of fields into OpenOffice Spreadsheet columns.

Tobias Conradi
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