79 chars or more?

Roy Smith roy at panix.com
Wed Aug 18 14:00:24 CEST 2010


In article <4c6b956e at dnews.tpgi.com.au>, Lie Ryan <lie.1296 at gmail.com> 
wrote:

> On 08/17/10 12:59, AK wrote:
> > On 08/16/2010 10:42 PM, James Mills 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.
> > 
> > But.. why horizontal scrolling, isn't autowrap much better than that?
> 
> 
> Do you seriously use autowrapper when writing code?

I absolutely use auto-indent, parenthesis matching, and syntax coloring.  
>From time to time, I turn on auto-wrap, but generally find it more 
annoying than useful and turn it back off again.



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