[texhax] Line width and 66 characters per line
Ron RJF Fehd
ron.fehd.macro.maven at gmail.com
Thu Aug 28 00:22:15 CEST 2014
> Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:25:04 +0000
> From: "Hefferon, James S." <jhefferon at smcvt.edu>
> Subject: [texhax] Line width and 66 characters per line
> I've often heard that when laying out a document
> we should try to set the line length
> so the number of characters per line comes out close to 66.
The documentation for the Reference Manual classes, refart and refrep,
mention this issue.
A google of the term: maximum characters per line
returns values from 45--75.
The Line Length Misconception
I really must find my high-school manual on
Learning to Type;
I am sure there were recommendations from the 1950s
about how many characters for pica and elite.
Anyway wikipedia has what I remember
Somewhere I remember reading of a way to calculate
the width, in measurement units, such as inches, cm, etc,
by multiplying phi=1.618 times the width of an alphabet in the font size
Over the years, I have seen the dialog shift from typewritten pages, thru
newspaper column width, to books, recently on-line presentation via html,
and today, the tiny screens on mobile devices.
The range is 35--95.
There seems to be as much dislike for both narrow and wide,
so, it seems to me, that the choice
is really up to the publisher's sense of esthetics.
In my programming, I stick to a maximum width of 72 characters per line,
which is not hard, since I also state to begin a statement on a newline.
Ron Fehd RefManual class user in Atlanta GA
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