In article <8a44ub$8v...@metro.ucc.usyd.edu.au>, nor...@mech.eng.usyd.edu.au writes: >Richard Maine <ma...@altair.dfrc.nasa.gov> expounded:
>: In free source form, a statement can be up to 40 lines long and each >: line can have up to 132 characters.
>As a matter of interest, does anyone know why the number 132 was chosen? >I can understand the origins of the fixed-source length of 72 characters >(punch cards being 80 characters long, less 8 for putting those line >numbers in the right hand columns), but why 132 for the new source form? >I would have imagined that computer scientist types would have pushed for >128 (and maybe Cray programmers 129) so why 132?
I am surprised that none of you imperial units users seem to remember that listing paper was(is ?) 11 inches wide, with 12 characters per inch.
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