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Pictures in source code
- To: info-mcl
- Subject: Pictures in source code
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom McDougal)
- Date: 10 Dec 91 16:58:25 GMT
- Distribution: usa
- Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp.mcl, comp.sys.mac.programmer
- Organization: U. of Chicago Computer Science
- Sender: email@example.com (News System)
"A picture is worth a thousand words," so the saying goes.
Here is number 1 on my Xmas wish-list for almost every programming
environment: the ability to combine pictures with source code,
especially for documentation. Do other people wish for this, too?
Just as MS Word treats PICs as characters, I'd like to be able
to write a comment containing a picture:
;;; <pic goes here> (in lisp)
(* <pic goes here> *) (in pascal)
You get the idea.
I have thought of using something like Nissus, which stores pictures
and formatting info in the resource fork, leaving the data fork as
pure (executable) text, but it's generally preferable to stay within
the programming environment.
I suppose this is a difficult thing to implement, or it would have
appeared already, but I hope the programming tools gods will find
a way to do it, Someday.
Tom McDougal firstname.lastname@example.org
1951, Roland Cleebens, football coach,
calls his team together but has trouble
making ends meet.