Tabs -vs- Spaces: Tabs should have won.

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Mon Jul 18 11:49:00 CEST 2011

Roy Smith <roy at> wrote:
> In article <mailman.1190.1310940173.1164.python-list at>,
>  Ian Kelly <ian.g.kelly at> wrote:
> > the line width mandate [...] exists so that people using 80-column editors can open up
> > code without having line-wrapping problems.
> Heh.  I don't know how many other people on this group grew up with the 
> original(*) 80-column editor (, but I did.  
> Unlike, well, any editor anybody is likely to use today, it was really, 
> really hard to make the window wider if you had to.
> We don't have that problem any more.  It truly boggles my mind that 
> we're still churning out people with 80 column minds.  I'm willing to 
> entertain arguments about readability of long lines, but the idea that 
> there's something magic about 80 columns is hogwash.
The reason for an 80 column limit is not fundamentally down to screen
width (as was) it's that our eyes find it much easier to follow lines
with a limited length and 80 columns is somewhere around the right
line length to keep things easily readable.

Chris Green

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