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Re: Form feeds in source code

From: Daniel Herring
Subject: Re: Form feeds in source code
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:13:57 -0400
User-agent: Alpine 2.21 (DEB 202 2017-01-01)

While I sympathise with the request to leave them be, most editors do not support jumping by ff-marked pages and emacs has other ways to jump to function definitions.

If this use of the form feed ever regains widespread use, I suspect it would come in the form of a new Unicode character.

- Daniel

On Fri, 18 Sep 2020, Pete Dietl wrote:

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> 
      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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