79 chars or more?

Roy Smith roy at panix.com
Tue Aug 17 04:50:57 CEST 2010


In article <mailman.2213.1282012961.1673.python-list at python.org>,
 James Mills <prologic at shortcircuit.net.au> wrote:

> On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 12:35 PM, AK <andrei.avk at gmail.com> wrote:
> > As monitors are getting bigger, is there a general change in opinion on
> > the 79 chars limit in source files? I've experimented with 98 characters
> > per line and I find it quite a bit more comfortable to work with that
> > length, even though sometimes I have to edit files in 80 width
> > terminals, it's still easier to adapt to some inconvenience when that
> > happens than the other way around, since about 95% of time or more, I do
> > use wider editor window or terminal.
> >
> > Is going over 79 still a terrible thing to do?  -andrei
> 
> My personal opinion (despite monitors being wider) is
> the horizontal scrolling isn't worth it. Stick to a 80-char width.

I disagree with James.  I have no problem with going wider than 80, if 
it improves readability by not forcing you to fold lines in unnatural 
places.

There's more important things to worry about.



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