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If we ever get an XML based Ada editor, then the appearance of the program
is controlled by an XSL style sheet. Each organization can have their own
style sheet or there can be one style sheet that can be tweaked for each
user's idiosyncrasies.
With luck, the XML based Ada editor will also process as a document
processor and we can make hyperlinks between the sources and the
documentation.
Bob Leif
Robert C. Leif, Ph.D.
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From: Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95) [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
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Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2003 6:47 AM
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Subject: Re: Standard Ada Code Style

Simon Wright <[log in to unmask]> writes:

> > From: Stephen Leake <[log in to unmask]>
>
> > Ada is a "tool for the next century"; let's not carry the "support
> > legacy stuff" too far. There's no excuse for a line length limit of
> > less than 120.
>
> I just checked some books, a paperback has lines of about 55
> characters and a large textbook 85. Anything more can get quite hard
> to read. And code is usually presented in a clumsy monospaced
> typeface.

I rarely read code on paper. I have a big screen; anyone doing serious
software development should also have a big screen; they are getting
really cheap.

Printing code in landscape orientation easily accomodates 120 characters.

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