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    SubjectRe: PATCH, RFC: 2.6 Documentation/Codingstyle
    On Fri, Feb 13, 2004 at 09:58:02AM +0100, Giuliano Pochini wrote:

    >> +The limit on the length of lines is 80 columns and this is a hard limit.
    > Well, I think this requirement is a bit silly IMHO. How many of us
    > do usually code in a 80x25 terminal screen nowadays ?

    I do. (That is, 80xN with N in 24..60 or so.)

    The 80 here has a pedagogical and a practical purpose.
    The practical one is that it makes sure that everybody can read the source.
    The pedagogical is to invite you to arrange the code in a different way
    if you are nesting too deeply or your expressions are too complicated.

    There is also ergonomics. There is a reason newspapers do not print
    text across the full width of the page - it would be very difficult
    to read. There is an optimal column width. One might fight over the
    exact value of the optimum, but 80 columns is not a bad choice.

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