Discussion in 'Computers/IT/Informática' started by Alka_ithil, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. Alka_ithil Junior Member

    Spanish - Spain / Catalan - Catalonia
    Hi, I'm having a look at RECESS, a tool for compiling LESS files to CSS. Somewhere in the intro text it says: "Use RECESS as a linter to keep your styles tidy and consistent.".

    I can't understand the meaning of "linter", from the context I can deduce it's something like a helper but that's quite a poor definition. Any help please?
  2. Masood Senior Member

    Leicester, England
    British English
  3. Biffo Senior Member

    English - England
    I don't agree with Masood. Reading the link he provides; that appears to refer to a name not a technical term.

    In fact it seems there is a term "to lint". Therefore a linter would be something that 'lints', i.e. performs the action of 'linting'.

    A little bit of reading about CSS will provide clues that "to lint" actually refers to "removing lint", i.e. to tidying up CSS code.

    In popular parlance, 'lint' refers to the material that collects in one's navel or in the filter of a washing machine, i.e. it is dross. In this context it appears to be a metaphor for unnecessary text/command strings.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2013
  4. SydLexia Senior Member

    UK, English
    A "lint roller" is a sticky roller for the removal of lint and fluff (check Google for images).


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