"View White Space" should show line endings too - by zargoth123

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  Won't Fix<br /><br />
		Due to several factors the product team decided to focus its efforts on other items.<br /><br />
		A more detailed explanation for the resolution of this particular item may have been provided in the comments section.

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ID 621096 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Suggestion Repros 0
Opened 11/11/2010 12:12:47 PM
Access Restriction Public


 * Visual Studio > Edit menu > Advanced > View White Space.
 * Currently, this feature shows a symbol for space and tab characters.
 * I would like to be able to view line endings too.
 * I would like to be able to view what style of line ending was used.

And that's it for the request.

And now I offer some suggestions as to how this may look.  Here's what I've seen other tools do:
 * TortoiseMerge uses a single, unobtrusive symbol.  It is "light" and does not distract from the main document text.  They have a down arrow symbol to represent LF; a left arrow symbol to represent CR; and down-and-left arrow (i.e. a single symbol) to represent CRLF.
 * Notepad++ uses a single symbol per character.  So the CRLF would be two symbols (one for CR and one for LF).  Their symbol choice is a bit "heavy", but is probably quite flexible when it comes to displaying other non-visible Unicode characters.
 * Notepad++ offers options to select which white space characters to display.  Options include "space and tab only", "end of line" and "show all characters".   It would be great if Visual Studio can offer similar options.
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Posted by Microsoft on 11/16/2010 at 2:02 PM
Hi zargoth123,

Thank you for logging this suggestion. We agree that showing line endings would be a useful addition to the visible whitespace feature, and it's actually something we already have on our backlog. There is no immediate plan to implement this support, so I'm unfortunately resolving it as Won't Fix for VS 2010. But please know that we do think this is a good idea and that we will consider it for future releases of Visual Studio.

Thanks for using VS 2010 and sending your feedback!

Brittany Behrens
Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor team
Posted by Microsoft on 11/11/2010 at 12:21 PM
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