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Subject: Re: [boost] [locale] Review of the proposed Boost.Locale library
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-04-19 07:07:08

Artyom wrote:
> > AFAIK the Boost Coding Guidelines require max 80
> > characters per line in the source code. The sources
> > of Boost.Locale do not follow this guideline which
> > makes them slightly less readable, one needs
> > to scroll a lot horizontally.
> Small point, there are lots of code in boost
> that does not follow 80 characters limit.
> Also I understand the desire to put somewhere
> a limit (derived from the size of a punch card
> back to 60th)
> But sometimes it just make it more
> then less readable.

Perhaps for you, but then for others that arrange windows to show 80 columns of fixed width characters, longer lines become less readable. Some choose to use a widescreen monitor's full width for a single file, so they want longer line lengths. I like the ability to see files side-by-side, while others won't find that compelling. It's hard to satisfy everyone.

For now, the Boost standard *is* 80 columns (see <>). You're not alone in wanting it to be different, but until it changes, you should follow it.

Rob Stewart robert.stewart_at_[hidden]
Software Engineer using std::disclaimer;
Dev Tools & Components
Susquehanna International Group, LLP

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