On Wed, 20 May 2009 17:44:54 -0700 Aaron Rubin firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 4:02 PM, Steven D'Aprano email@example.com: As time marches forward and email editors don't wrap (mine doesn't),
That makes your mail editor a throwback. Used to be, none of them wrapped. Then an 800 lb gorilla of a company decided to ignore what the RFCs said, and made their mailer act like there WP products and wrap text. It's hard to find a modern mailer that doesn't wrap.
printers are used less (which is already happening), etc. then standards for core libraries will probably change as well.
But PDAs and Netbooks are being used more and more.
Either way, the style for coding within a non-standard library might want to be revisited much sooner. In other words, programming to a standard which is common to all people who use it means you probably must accommodate the lowest common denominator. This would not be true for anything but the standard library.
Um, I'd say it holds for pretty much every other open source project done in Python, excepting those that are targeted for some specific platform. I.e. - if you're writing scripts for a high-end CAD program, then you get one set of assumptions about the working environment. But if you're developing on and for N60, you get a completely different set.
The problem is that on it's good days, this is a bikeshed issue. On it's bad day out and out religious. Choosing to follow PEP-8 so as to not waste time discussing it is a rational choice for any group working in Python. It's certainly better than no standards at all!
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