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Re: [PROPOSAL] Change of convention for multiline string literals

From: Jonathan Gilbert <o2w9gs702_at_sneakemail.com>
Date: 2007-03-19 00:14:18 CET

At 10:00 PM 3/18/2007 +0100, Peter Lundblad wrote:
>Jonathan Gilbert writes:
>> Here is my thinking:
>> 1. Screen space today is cheap -- sufficiently so that I don't have a lot
>> of sympathy for people who insist on hacking in 80x25 text-mode and then
>> complain that code takes up too much space. :-)
>Yuck! Being a person whodaily hack inn 80x1 format, I don't exactly
>agree that screen space is that cheap.

I'd assert that it is pretty rare for 80x1 to be the *only* available
format... Even people who use ed or vi more often than not do so in
resizable X terminals.

>Apart from that, I've heard of people who find an
>80 character limit to be useful for
>side-by-side diffs.
>So, I don't like it if we move away from 80 characters.

Keep in mind that this is only for blocks in the code that represent large
multiple-line string literals or entire files inline, a part of the
guidelines which *already* allow for more than 80 characters per row, and,
in a number of places, make use of it. Few places go from
all-fewer-than-80-characters to greater-than-80-characters with this patch.
I'm not suggesting moving away from an 80 character limit for the rest of
the code.

Surely it isn't unreasonable or infeasible to use a larger window or
alternate editor for those times when wide multiline text literals are
being edited. :-)

Jonathan Gilbert

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