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- Subject: Re: How to follow 80 Column format in Lua
- From: "Louis A. Mamakos" <louie@...>
- Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2012 17:46:04 -0500
On Feb 9, 2012, at 9:10 AM, Martin Guy wrote:
> On 9 February 2012 11:12, Alexander Gladysh <email@example.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 13:35, Petite Abeille <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>> 80 columns format?!? How quaint :D
>> The proper quaint width of the source is actually 78 columns, I
>> believe. So that you can nicely view diffs on 80 columns display.
> 72. You have to allow for the first 8 IBM line number columns.
> Git agrees with me in the length of its first-line-of-commit-message.
> Nice to see our traditions and heritage being respected, sieg heil!
Well, really the card sequence number are in 73-80. If you have FORTRAN on your punch
cards, then line numbers are in 1-5 with a continuation character (no \ at the end of the line)
in column 6, with the FORTRAN statement starting in 7 through column 72. And not just
IBM, either, UNIVAC / Sperry / UniSys and other also used 80 column wide cards, punched
with rectangular holes. There were other 90-column cards that were around before, perhaps
with round holes punched. Maybe we could adopt the really retro-necro-classic 90
column wide standard?
I am sad that I no longer have any of my actual card decks with me any longer, though I
have a seemingly infinite supply of punch-card note cards. Very strong and robust paper
stock, even 30 years later.