The typography of source code

Schneide Blog

Take a look at the following source code, can you guess which language this is written in?

It’s CSS. CSS has a typical layout with a minimal indentation depth where a group of selectors embraces lines of attribute / value pairs. Take a look:

As with the example above all of our source code has typical (macro) typographical properties. This features can tell us something about the language used, about the type of artifact and even about the composition of the individual parts of a class or file itself.
Here’s another typical file in a common language:

In this case it is a Java class. It reveals itself by its block of imports at the top (1). The class declaration (2) is rather long probably due to generics. The typical block of field declarations (3) starts the class body. Quickly a short constructor follows (4). It is too short but…

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