linter

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

  1. Alka_ithil Junior Member

    Barcelona
    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

    England
    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.

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    Note
    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

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

    syd
     

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