Talk:Whitespace character

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Is backspace a whitespace character? 20:05, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

No, it's an editor command that doesn't show up in the document. - Richfife (talk) 20:39, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

Revision history[edit]

The revision history of this article prior to October 20, 2005 can be found at — mjb 22:43, 20 October 2005 (UTC)

Emacs' show-trailing-whitespace[edit]

Mention in GNU emacs, show-trailing-whitespace can make one whitespace-aware, vs. one's colorblind co-workers. --jidanni


Either this passage:

As is common in technical literature, the two words "white space" have found widespread usage as the single term "whitespace", especially when used as an adjective, as in "whitespace character". Some specifications refer to "white space" while others refer to "whitespace"; there is no difference between the terms, although exactly which characters are being referred to does vary from context to context. For example, in HTML, "whitespace" includes the form feed character, while in XML, "white space" does not.

needs revision, or it is very witty. In the last sentence, does "white space" in HTML include the form feed character, then? Does "whitespace" in XML? --Hugh7 03:01, 5 December 2006 (UTC)

The sentence "For example..." is pretty close to being nonsense. In XML, form feed is an illegal character. --Hermann —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:35, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

Propose renaming[edit]

I think, "white-space character" would be a much better title for this article than "white-space (computer science)". Firstly, article titles with disambiguation parentheses are very tedious to link to and should be avoided where an unambiguous term exists. Secondly, this is not really a computer science term; researchers don't write many academic papers about whitespace. I propose moving to "white-space character". Markus Kuhn (talk) 11:51, 2 January 2008 (UTC)


Whitespace is not a nuisance. It aids developers when used correctly. It makes the program easier to read and help group related logic... —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:47, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

Incorrect reference?[edit]

Whitespace table incorrectly references "Unicode 6.0, Chapter 4.6", which contains no proper comments about what are whitespace characters. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:54, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Need a history section[edit]

This page needs a history of whitespace characters section. It should at least include details of the Morse code(s) (and their lack of a space character and the ambiguities this caused), as well as the Monotype paper tape code (I don't know much about this paper tape code but it must have encoded multiple types of spaces as a necessity of how the machine operated), the Baudot code (which included two different whitespace characters), and the Linotype teletypesetting code (several whitespace characters). And a brief history of ASCII and Unicode.

If anyone objects to the "computer science" aspect of the older systems, it's worth noting that they are all codes for digitally transmitting information about text and spaces, all except Morse code using binary encodings. Battling McGook (talk) 05:18, 17 February 2015 (UTC)