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Subject:Re: Help with program code layout wanted. From:"Sevigny, Josee" <joseey -at- M3ISYSTEMS -dot- QC -dot- CA> Date:Wed, 5 Apr 1995 15:04:26 -0400
>The issue is that they often produce documents of, say, 50 columns. The
>authors of the material have programs which are longer than 50 characters
>and the people formatting the text don't know where it is legal to break
>lines and how to indent (if one should indent).
I'm not sure I understand this correctly but here's what we do when we
insert code excerpts.
* programs are coded with a maximum with of 80 char.
* when the text is inserted, we use a monospaced font of about 7 points,
which gets the 80 char. within our document margins.