Is 78 characters still a good option? Was: [Haskell-cafe]
breaking too long lines
ndmitchell at gmail.com
Tue Apr 21 08:52:43 EDT 2009
> I believe it is a good practice too keep each line short and
> easy to read. The following is taken from python style
> Maximum Line Length
> Limit all lines to a maximum of 79 characters.
> There are still many devices around that are limited to 80 character
> lines; plus, limiting windows to 80 characters makes it possible to have
> several windows side-by-side. The default wrapping on such devices
> disrupts the visual structure of the code, making it more difficult to
> understand. Therefore, please limit all lines to a maximum of 79
> characters. For flowing long blocks of text (docstrings or comments),
> limiting the length to 72 characters is recommended.
> P.S. We really need such a well written style guide for
> haskell. Python has this nice PEP (Python Enhancement
> Proposals). Should we start making our own HEP?
We have one: urchin.earth.li/~ian/style/haskell.html
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