Is 78 characters still a good option? Was: [Haskell-cafe]
breaking too long lines
jason.dusek at gmail.com
Wed Apr 22 19:57:19 EDT 2009
Some material I've read on typography -- can't find the
reference now -- suggests ~65 is the best number of characters
per line. The advice was, if your page is larger than that,
you should make columns.
If someone has done some studies with specifically program
text, I'd of course be really interested to know what they
discovered; but I really do suspect the issue of line length
is more about having a convention than having the best one.
Would people who prefer, for example, 132 character lines
switch to 66 if that were empirically the best? Probably not.
The 80 column convention sets a clear expectation for all of
us; it's not a matter of what anyone likes.
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