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Re: [RFC] Characters per line: from punch card (80) to line printer (132)


On 05/12/2019 16:17, Joseph Myers wrote:
Longer lines mean less space for multiple terminal / editor windows
side-by-side to look at different pieces of code.  I don't think that's an
improvement.

Here's a data-point ....

My 1920 pixel-wide screen, in the default font, allows 239 columns; not enough for two 130-wide editors. Especially not with line numbers and "gutter" columns.

On the other hand, 80 columns does tend to cause some formatting contortions, with long function names and deeper indentations.

I think a nice round 100 would be a good compromise.

Andrew


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