PEP8 79 char max

Joshua Landau joshua at
Wed Jul 31 08:16:52 CEST 2013

On 30 July 2013 18:52, Grant Edwards <invalid at invalid.invalid> wrote:

> On 2013-07-30, Joshua Landau <joshua at> wrote:
> > On 30 July 2013 18:08, Vito De Tullio <vito.detullio at> wrote:
> >
> >> Ed Leafe wrote:
> >>
> >> > I had read about a developer who switched to using proportional fonts
> for
> >> > coding, and somewhat skeptically, tried it out. After a day or so it
> >> > stopped looking strange, and after a week it seemed so much easier to
> >> > read.
> >>
> >> By my (limited) experience with proportional fonts, they can be useful
> only
> >> with something like elastic tabstops[0]. But, as a general rule, I
> simply
> >> found more "squared" to just use a fixed-width font.
> >>
> >
> > Not if you give up on the whole "aligning" thing.
> You don't think that Python code at a given level should all be
> aligned?  I find it very helpful when a given block of code is
> visually left-aligned.

I don't understand what you mean. My coding practices almost never require
anything more than the initial indentation to have things line up -- any
other form of alignment is in my opinion overrated. Maybe it helps you, but
personally I don't like it.

As I've been saying, the whole thing is personal preference and
proportional fonts for some people, such as I, are fine. Except in that
there are no good proportional fonts at 8px :(.

To explain, I tend to take the "HTML" form of alignment by wrapping:

open stuff stuff stuff close



and thus everything important lines up anyway. Extra non-indentation
indents are a burden for me and look worse (again, personal preference).

I also find intializers for tables of data to be much more easily read
> and maintained if the columns can be aligned.

Why do you have tables in your Python code?
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