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Re: Form feeds in source code

From: Edward Welbourne
Subject: Re: Form feeds in source code
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:24:36 +0000

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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