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======== CHANGE LOG ==========
Pretty library change log.
========= Version 4.0, 24 August 2011 ==========
* Big change to the structure of the library. Now we don't have a fixed
TextDetails data type for storing the various String types that we
support. Instead we have changed that to be a type class that just
provides a way to convert String and Chars to an arbitary type. This
arbitary type is now provided by the user of the library so that they
can implement support very easily for any String type they want.
This new code lives in Text.PrettyPrint.Core and the Text.PrettyPrint
module uses it to implement the old API. The Text.PrettyPrint.HughesPJ
module has been left unchanged for a compatability module but deprecated.
========= Version 3.0, 28 May 1987 ==========
* Cured massive performance bug. If you write:
foldl <> empty (map (text.show) [1..10000])
You get quadratic behaviour with V2.0. Why? For just the same
reason as you get quadratic behaviour with left-associated (++)
chains.
This is really bad news. One thing a pretty-printer abstraction
should certainly guarantee is insensitivity to associativity. It
matters: suddenly GHC's compilation times went up by a factor of
100 when I switched to the new pretty printer.
I fixed it with a bit of a hack (because I wanted to get GHC back
on the road). I added two new constructors to the Doc type, Above
and Beside:
<> = Beside
$$ = Above
Then, where I need to get to a "TextBeside" or "NilAbove" form I
"force" the Doc to squeeze out these suspended calls to Beside and
Above; but in so doing I re-associate. It's quite simple, but I'm
not satisfied that I've done the best possible job. I'll send you
the code if you are interested.
* Added new exports:
punctuate, hang
int, integer, float, double, rational,
lparen, rparen, lbrack, rbrack, lbrace, rbrace,
* fullRender's type signature has changed. Rather than producing a
string it now takes an extra couple of arguments that tells it how
to glue fragments of output together:
fullRender :: Mode
-> Int -- Line length
-> Float -- Ribbons per line
-> (TextDetails -> a -> a) -- What to do with text
-> a -- What to do at the end
-> Doc
-> a -- Result
The "fragments" are encapsulated in the TextDetails data type:
data TextDetails = Chr Char
| Str String
| PStr FAST_STRING
The Chr and Str constructors are obvious enough. The PStr
constructor has a packed string (FAST_STRING) inside it. It's
generated by using the new "ptext" export.
An advantage of this new setup is that you can get the renderer to
do output directly (by passing in a function of type (TextDetails
-> IO () -> IO ()), rather than producing a string that you then
print.
========= Version 3.0, 28 May 1987 ==========
* Made empty into a left unit for <> as well as a right unit;
it is also now true that
nest k empty = empty
which wasn't true before.
* Fixed an obscure bug in sep that occasionally gave very weird behaviour
* Added $+$
* Corrected and tidied up the laws and invariants
========= Version 1.0 ==========
Relative to John's original paper, there are the following new features:
1. There's an empty document, "empty". It's a left and right unit for
both <> and $$, and anywhere in the argument list for
sep, hcat, hsep, vcat, fcat etc.
It is Really Useful in practice.
2. There is a paragraph-fill combinator, fsep, that's much like sep,
only it keeps fitting things on one line until it can't fit any more.
3. Some random useful extra combinators are provided.
<+> puts its arguments beside each other with a space between them,
unless either argument is empty in which case it returns the other
hcat is a list version of <>
hsep is a list version of <+>
vcat is a list version of $$
sep (separate) is either like hsep or like vcat, depending on what fits
cat behaves like sep, but it uses <> for horizontal composition
fcat behaves like fsep, but it uses <> for horizontal composition
These new ones do the obvious things:
char, semi, comma, colon, space,
parens, brackets, braces,
quotes, doubleQuotes
4. The "above" combinator, $$, now overlaps its two arguments if the
last line of the top argument stops before the first line of the
second begins.
For example: text "hi" $$ nest 5 (text "there")
lays out as
hi there
rather than
hi
there
There are two places this is really useful
a) When making labelled blocks, like this:
Left -> code for left
Right -> code for right
LongLongLongLabel ->
code for longlonglonglabel
The block is on the same line as the label if the label is
short, but on the next line otherwise.
b) When laying out lists like this:
[ first
, second
, third
]
which some people like. But if the list fits on one line you
want [first, second, third]. You can't do this with John's
original combinators, but it's quite easy with the new $$.
The combinator $+$ gives the original "never-overlap" behaviour.
5. Several different renderers are provided:
* a standard one
* one that uses cut-marks to avoid deeply-nested documents
simply piling up in the right-hand margin
* one that ignores indentation (fewer chars output; good for machines)
* one that ignores indentation and newlines (ditto, only more so)
6. Numerous implementation tidy-ups
Use of unboxed data types to speed up the implementation
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