[TUHS] 80 columns ...

Jon Steinhart jon at fourwinds.com
Sat Nov 11 07:12:40 AEST 2017


Larry McVoy writes:
> I read books and code by look at the middle of the page or the middle of
> the terminal and scrolling my eyes downward.  I don't look side to side.
> I literally read the middle of the text and I get the rest through
> peripheral vision.
> 
> This is what Warner (I think) was saying about books.  If you make them
> too wide you have to move your eyes back and forth and that is both
> slower and more tiring.
> 
> 80-100 columns is fine, 132 is too wide, that forces people to move
> their head/eyes back and forth.

Well, our physiology may be different.  I've got a 132 column window
open in front of me and I don't have to move my eyes side-to-side to
read.  I'm not seeing any of it via peripheral vision.

Jon


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