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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: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 01:45:08 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.1.50 (gnu/linux)

Göktuğ Kayaalp <self@gkayaalp.com> writes:

> On 2020-09-13 21:38 +03, Vladimir Sedach <vas@oneofus.la> wrote:
>> Alan Mackenzie <acm@muc.de> writes:
>> The optimum line length for legibility has been found to be 55-60
>> characters over hundreds of years of book publishing experience. 90
>> characters per line is considered the absolute maximum, and you
>> rarely see it. "Today's wide screens" is as bad of a reason for
>> increasing line length in text files as "today's wide paper" would be
>> an excuse to increase line length in books.
> Not to refute any other points here, but this is an oft-mentioned
> factoid, yet code is not prose, so how relevant this is is questionable.
> Most importantly, a decent chunk of an average line is indentation:

Keeping track of indentation level adds to cognitive load, so we can't
dismiss leading unused columns as irrelevant.

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