> From: Stephen Leake <[log in to unmask]> > 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. The point I failed to make is that it is hard to read text that is set in too wide a "column". I do accept that code is not the same as text; it would be an interesting experiment to compare the readability of text in various column widths. Likely to be very personal, of course; but a project's standards have to be a team consensus ..