[Python-ideas] 80 character line width vs. something wider
rrr at ronadam.com
Thu May 21 17:07:17 CEST 2009
Jeremiah Dodds wrote:
> On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 9:04 AM, Lie Ryan <lie.1296 at gmail.com
> <mailto:lie.1296 at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Raymond Hettinger wrote:
> Some people find their productivity is enhanced with an 80
> character limit.
> Perhaps this is true, though I've not heard one jot of evidence
> to support it
> and certainly no evidence focusing on Python coding practices
> which are
> affected by the use of whitespace for control flow. Nor have I
> seen evidence
> of comparative productivity of 80 char limits versus 100 char
> limits. All we
> have is anecdotal evidence and personal tastes.
> But yeah, this is all anectodal evidence and personal taste, as Raymond
> points out. The 80 char limit _had_ a practical reason for existing, and
> I don't doubt that there are people out there that are still using the
> (hard|soft)ware that caused the limit to be practical, but they're
> probably few and far between. I also haven't seen anything other than
> anectodal evidence and personal taste in favor of increasing the limit,
> which suggests to me that it should just stay how it is. It is just a
> convention after all.
With the popularity of smaller netbooks, laptops, and other hand held
computing devices going up, I think the 80 char limit guideline may still
serve a good and practical purpose.
So I'm for keeping it as it is on the principle that it is only a guideline
and anyone can disregard it if it is advantageous for them to do so.
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