Is 78 characters still a good option? Was: [Haskell-cafe] breaking too long lines

Matthijs Kooijman matthijs at
Thu Apr 23 04:02:47 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.
That fits my observations. In particular, I noticed that your emails were
particularly comfortable to read, which might also be partly be caused by the
extra indent at the start of your lines, which also seems comfortable. Not
sure how applicabable all this is to code, though :-)


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