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Re: Docstring line length

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Docstring line length
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2005 20:57:41 +0100
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Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>> Since TTYs have been 80 characters for decades, it is the best
>> standard. Indeed, the only standard.
> There are also issues of legibility which make it undesirable to use lines
> longer than 80 chars unless a significant portion is devoted to whitepspace
> (e.g. indentation, but note that excessive indentation usually leads to
> unreadable code and it's then preferable to extract the inner code into its
> own function).

Remember that the original punch card design (where the 80 is from)
had 6 columns in front and 8 in the back for different purposes,
making for a total of 66 material columns, which is rather close to
what book designers recommend as a good line length for a human

Whatever.  Let's move on.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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