PEP8 79 char max

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Mon Jul 29 23:01:27 CEST 2013

On 7/29/2013 3:43 PM, Devyn Collier Johnson wrote:
> In Python programming, the PEP8 recommends limiting lines to a maximum
> of 79 characters because "There are still many devices around that are
> limited to 80 character lines"

"plus, limiting windows to 80 characters makes it possible to have 
several windows side-by-side. "

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

PEP 8 is being revised. My understanding is that because such machines 
are now rare, while the second reason is still operative, the 
recommended limit will be raised to 100, or at least say that some are 
using that as the guideline. 200 char lines are harder to read.

Terry Jan Reedy

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