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Re: Form feeds in source code

From: Pete Dietl
Subject: Re: Form feeds in source code
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:27:18 -0500

I think keeping them in for the sake of one editor is not a good reason. I think they make the code look messy and dated, personally.

On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 11:24 AM Edward Welbourne <edward.welbourne@qt.io> wrote:
On Fri, 2020-09-18 at 10:59 -0500, Pete Dietl wrote:

>> Why are there so many form feeds in the source?

Paul Smith (18 September 2020 18:12) replied:

> That was the style that Roland used when the code was written: form

> feeds were used inside a source file to separate major functions.


> I guess it hails from a time when it wasn't that unusual to print out

> your code to physical paper, on a printer, and read it that way.  Then

> it would be nice to have a major function start at the top of the

> page.

In emacs, at least, the editor provides easy commands to jump to the

start or end of the present "page" - i.e. the last or next form-feed -

and this can be a great convenience for moving through a file, jumping

to the start of a *logical* page, rather than paging down by whatever

screen-full your present screen-size gives you.  I, for one, find such

markers useful in emacs.

They are harmless, let them be !


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