79 chars or more?

Almar Klein almar.klein at gmail.com
Tue Aug 17 21:31:07 CEST 2010

> A reason not mentioned much is that some people have trouble following
> packed lines that are too much longer. Wide-page textbooks routinely put
> text in two columns for easier reading. This is less of a factor with jagged
> edge text, but if the limit were increased to say 150, there would be people
> writing multi-line 150 char wide text blocks.

You're right. From Lshort (the introduction to Latex): "On average, no line
should be longer than 66 characters." This applies to regular text, not for
code per see, but it makes a strong case against (very) long lines.

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