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Channel log from 1 December 2019   (all times are UTC)

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07:52
<alkisg>
'morning vagrantc
07:52
Question... how do you feel about line breaks in .md files?
07:52
I was thinking "80 chars limit", but then I though this doesn't really help in .diffs, as sentences aren't line based like code is
07:52
So if one needs to insert a phrase, he'd have to rewrap the whole paragraph
07:53
So maybe it would make sense to use line breaks only at the end of sentences, and rely on the editors to soft-wrap them
08:15
<vagrantc>
alkisg: not strongly opinionated, but probably prefer an 80 char limit as i sometimes work with smaller screens
08:16
<alkisg>
vagrantc: are there any editors around that can't soft-wrap to 80 chars?
08:21
<vagrantc>
alkisg: most worth thinking about do, but it usually doesn't look good inn my opinion ... but again, not strongly opinionated
08:21
<alkisg>
OK, ty
08:22
<vagrantc>
i do tend to find diffs actually harder to read with very long lines, also
08:23
e.g. a one-character change shows you only a single line change, and it might be hard to see the change
08:23
whereas, with shorter lines it becoems easier to read the diffs ... but it all depends
08:23
entire paragraphs changing have similar problems to very long lines in reading diffs
08:25
<alkisg>
The example were it seemed like a better idea, was: I have a paragraph with 5 sentences, each one of them 5 lines long. If I have to change one sentence, I need to diff 25 lines, while with soft-wrapping, I would only change 1 very long line
08:25
(that would be the equal of 5 hard-wrapped lines)
08:26
But I too am not strongly opinionated
08:29
<vagrantc>
i think long lines don't tend to show well in "git diff"
08:29
so i guess i'm getting more opinionated over time
08:42
<alkisg>
Heh, I did a small test and long line diffs actually look better in `git diff` than multiline diffs to me; they show up fine in any terminal width, not just 80 chars terminals. I guess it's just a matter of taste.
08:43
I'll give it a test in the web site, just for the fun of it, and see if still like it better, compared to e.g. the man pages which will still be 80chars, after a few months...
08:45* alkisg also notes that pluma doesn't have a decent "hard wrapper function" that can avoid wrapping URLs or other sensitive markdown syntax...
08:50
<alkisg>
The long-line diffs are highlighted better online as well... https://github.com/ltsp/ltsp.org/commit/e835f75c140ff13e3646082f84276c83648d59c9
08:51
E.g. if I rewrap a line, and add one word in the beginning, the long-line highlighter would show me that just one word changed, while with multiple lines, it would show me that many words in many lines were changed, due to wrapping
08:51
I think that's the most important argument in favor of long lines so far
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