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- the 80-column rule: is it time to upgrade to 96?
Why 96 ? Is there something special about 96 ?
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Posted Aug 24, 2007 20:07 UTC (Fri) by dwheeler (guest, #1216)
I don't know if that a REAL improvement, though. Too many OTHER things don't work as well when you go beyond 80 chars.
Anyway, that's my guess.
Posted Aug 26, 2007 11:00 UTC (Sun) by ibukanov (subscriber, #3942)
For example, with 80 chars per line I can have 2 source windows side by side with a nice readable font on 1280x768 screen of my laptop. That would not work with 96 chars.
Posted Aug 25, 2007 19:31 UTC (Sat) by jengelh (subscriber, #33263)
Oh no please spare us. Today we have the right end at column 80. People do occassionally go over that. And that's totally ok.
Now, if the right end was extended to 96, people would start writing lines with up to 112 chars in length, and the story re-begins. NO THANKS.
 http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/6/23/189 second-to-last paragraph "Dammit, [...]"
Posted Aug 27, 2007 6:09 UTC (Mon) by landley (guest, #6789)
Posted Aug 30, 2007 16:52 UTC (Thu) by AJWM (guest, #15888)
The relationship could also derive from typing: using skinny (1/4") margins to get 8" lines on an 8.5x11 page (US letter size), a courier typewriter at 10 chars/inch would fit 80 chars to the line (and 6 lines/inch). A "elite" typewriter, at 12 cpi would fit 96 chars on that same line (and 8 lines/inch).
If you really wanted to go to wide lines, there's the 132 columns (characters) that was standard for line printer output back in the day.
Posted Aug 30, 2007 17:20 UTC (Thu) by jschrod (subscriber, #1646)
There's more to this limit than punch cards.
Posted Aug 30, 2007 19:12 UTC (Thu) by AJWM (guest, #15888)
80 column terminals
Posted Sep 1, 2007 0:21 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
Block sizes on tape and disk were also multiples of 80 bytes for a long, long time for the same reason.
For those who haven't heard the story of why a Hollerith card is 80 columns: It's just what happened to fit on a card of that size with machinery of the day. And the size of the card was determined by the size of US currency, because there were storage boxes and such for that size.
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