[TUHS] 80 columns ...

Arthur Krewat krewat at kilonet.net
Thu Nov 9 09:49:29 AEST 2017



On 11/8/2017 6:15 PM, Warner Losh wrote:
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>     xterms killed that requirement for me a long time ago.
>
>
> It killed 80 columns, but not 8 character hard tabs!
>

Whoever came up with 4 column tabs should be shot. ;)


On 11/8/2017 6:24 PM, Andy Kosela wrote:
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>
> On Thursday, November 9, 2017, Arthur Krewat <krewat at kilonet.net 
> <mailto:krewat at kilonet.net>> wrote:
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>
>     xterms killed that requirement for me a long time ago.
>
>
> I still use 80 columns on my xterms.  Like Larry said, most things in 
> Unix still looks perfect on 80 columns display, plus it's easier to 
> read -- less eye movements from left to right. If you think about it, 
> regular books have a similar format.  It has been 
> scientifically proven that very long lines are just harder and 
> slower to read.
>

Besides programming, system administration and other tasks these days 
sometimes requires a few more columns than 80:

http://pdp10.kilonet.org/images/xterm.jpg

And that's just one example.

I forgot to mention my using xterms past 80 columns wasn't so much about 
writing code (although, I do regularly go past 80 columns) but general 
UNIX stuff too.


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BTW, no disrespect to anyone here, whatever floats your boat ;)

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