PEP8 79 char max

John Gordon gordon at
Mon Jul 29 22:30:54 CEST 2013

In <mailman.5257.1375127041.3114.python-list at> Devyn Collier Johnson <devyncjohnson at> writes:

> ( What devices 
> cannot handle 80 or more characters on a line?

For a start, older fixed-width dumb terminals and printers.  And even some
very new devices (tablet, smartphone) might have limited screen sizes.

And even if you're on a device that can display more than 80 characters, it
can be convenient to have several windows display side-to-side.

> Would following this recommendation improve script performance?

No, but it improves human readability.

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