On 5/13/2014 6:55 PM, Ben Finney wrote:
Steven D'Aprano <steve+comp.lang.pyt...@pearwood.info> writes:

On Tue, 13 May 2014 04:52:26 -0700, Rustom Mody wrote:

What this goes to show is that while 80 is ridiculously low by most
displays today,

Not for people who like to has two (or three, or four) windows side-by-
side. Or multiple views of the same document.

There's also the fact that, while the capacity of monitors to display
pixels has dramatically increased in recent decades, the capacity of
human cognition to scan long lines of text has not increased at all in
that time.

The 80 character line limit is *not* driven by a limitation of computer
technology; it is driven by a limitation of human cognition. For that
reason, it remains relevant until human cognition in the general reading
population improves.

I use the monitor capacity to have 2 or even 3 code windows open side-by-side. Really handy.

Terry Jan Reedy


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