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Re: Changing line widths in the Emacs source code

From: Óscar Fuentes
Subject: Re: Changing line widths in the Emacs source code
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2020 17:43:45 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.1.50 (gnu/linux)

Lars Ingebrigtsen <larsi@gnus.org> writes:

> Now for the most controversial suggestion of all: Make the Emacs code
> wider!
> Emacs has tried to keep the line width of the source code at 80
> characters since Emacs was created.  It was a good choice (perhaps the
> only) back then, but most screens are wide and short these days, and the
> folding contortions we have to do to make everything fit in 80
> characters is sometimes annoying, and leads to code that's awkward to
> read.
> So my suggestion is: Change the default to 100.

My difficulties for understanding Emacs sources are not related to
formatting to comply with the max line width rule, but to excessive
nesting levels and overly long functions.

Increasing line width is the wrong approach to fix this deeper problem,
because it would make it worse.

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