To align, or not to align?

Kevin Bourrillion kevinb at
Thu Apr 18 19:13:21 UTC 2019

Sorry for being eternally confused, but, going with your framing, then I
would say *of course* Java source code constructs are embedded spatially in
Java source files.  And, as I've tried to highlight, their *absolute* vertical
and horizontal positions are not properties relating to the constructs
themselves, but are both artifacts of what came before them.

On Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 12:06 PM Brian Goetz <brian.goetz at> wrote:

> I think you may have misunderstood my framing of the question.  I don't
> want to have a philosophical debate; I'm saying, that we're _already_ in
> elephant-land, in that different parties are coming with their own
> implicit, fuzzy ideas of what a string literal is (or is supposed to be).
> And by making the potential assumptions explicit, we have a better chance
> of getting past arguments that involve things like "but an elephant is like
> a tree."
> On 4/18/2019 3:00 PM, Kevin Bourrillion wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 11:32 AM Brian Goetz <brian.goetz at>
> wrote:
> So I think the question really comes down to: what _is_ a multi-line
>> string literal.
> I think that question is so abstract and philosophical as to not be
> useful. I sent the previous message because I believe it is a better way to
> frame the issue.
> --
> Kevin Bourrillion | Java Librarian | Google, Inc. | kevinb at

Kevin Bourrillion | Java Librarian | Google, Inc. | kevinb at
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