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Re: Fill column indicator functionality

From: Clément Pit-Claudel
Subject: Re: Fill column indicator functionality
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2019 10:54:41 -0400
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On 15/03/2019 10.07, Óscar Fuentes wrote:
> What I'm missing?

I this I see what caused the confusion.  There are two answers:

- First, at least one of the examples I mentioned involves changes in line 
height, not in character width; that's the part I worry most about.
- Second, I believe the 80-character limits is usually intended to serve as a 
bound on the width of the text on display (the assumption being that short 
lines are easier to read than long ones, and that keeping a limited width makes 
it easier to show multiple text fragments side by side).  When the text is 
monospace, it's natural to express the limit in terms of a number of 
characters.  When the text is displayed in a variable-pitch font, the natural 
equivalent is to express the limit in pixels or em units.  IOW, a long lines 
indicator still makes sense even for variable-pitch fonts; you just don't want 
it to count characters.


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