Message from discussion How long can a statement be?
Subject: Re: How long can a statement be?
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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?
Stuart Norris nor...@mech.eng.usyd.edu.au
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