Sometimes, you deliberately align code to make it more readable.

Until styler (with strict = TRUE, e.g. as in styler_style_file(..., strict = TRUE)), this was formatted as follows:

because no alignment detection was built in. With strict = FALSE, the spacing would have been kept, however, strict = FALSE has a number of other implications because it is in general less invasive (e.g. it would not add braces to the following expression, whereas strict = TRUE would):

if (TRUE)
  call(another, arg)

Back to the initial topic, styler >= detects the aforementioned alignment. This vignette describes how an aligned code is defined by styler and gives some examples so users can format their aligned code to match the definition styler uses to ensure their code is not unintentionally reformatted.

function calls


If all arguments in the first column are named: Make commas match position vertically and right align everything between commas

If not all arguments of the first column are named: Make all but the first column’s commas match position vertically and right align everything between the commas, except before the first comma on a line, give priority to correctly indent.

By align everything in between the commas, we mean put zero space before a comma and at least one after. Note that the arguments on the first line are ignored when detecting alignment, which is best shown when code is formatted such that no line breaks will be modified by styler (which is the case if all names on the first line are unnamed and all subsequent are named), like here:


Function calls are aligned if all of the following conditions hold (for all but the very first line (i.e. call( below):

  • first column has same number of lag spaces. This basically means that the indention is identical for all columns (except for the closing brace if it is on its own line). The below example has one column, because the maximal number of commas on one line is one.
  • spacing around comma (0 before, > 1 after, >= 0 after last column on line) and spacing around = (at least one before and after).
  • All commas from all columns are aligned. This means that for every column, all commas must be on the same positions as the commas from the other lines. If not all arguments are named in the first column, this column is not considered. The reason to exclude the first column is that, as in the example below, it is possible that some arguments are named while others are not. Then, it is not generally possible to keep the first rule (i.e. indention identical across lines) as well as ensuring that the comma does not have any spaces before it and that the comma is aligned with the other lines. This is shown below with the line f(x, y),. For this reason, the requirements exclude the first column in such cases. The holds example shows that is is possible (but not required) for named arguments to also have the commas separating the first and second column aligned.

Note that the above definition does not check alignment of =, so styler will treat the following as aligned:


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