Re: Length of line

What is your recommendation? Maybe 60 characters? Surely there are no words
in any language more than that, no?

In English,  antidisestablishmentarianism is the longest at 28 characters.

Here's a thought, give an exception (3) for words over 50 characters.


For all visual presentation of text, a mechanism is available to adjust the
line length to a maximum of 50 characters without increasing the font in
the user agent, and without requiring two-dimensional scrolling, except
(1) The user-agent provides no means of re-flowing content.
(2) The spatial layout of text is essential to its use.
(3) A word is longer than 50 characters.

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On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 10:01 AM, Patrick H. Lauke <>

> On 11/01/2017 14:52, David MacDonald wrote:
>> Perhaps I'm missing something. For example say there is the line
>> "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their
>> establishment party for now and forever"
>> And lets say that at the end of the word "their" we have a count of 45
>> characters (I didn't count). The browser window is narrowed to 50
>> characters. Then the line will wrap after "their" and it would pass.
>> "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their  (45
>> characters)
>> establishment party for now and forever ..."
>> This would pass because there are 50 or less characters on that line.
>> No browser that I know would do this:
> But they can (at least some of them) and in future will be able to when
> directed to. See
> "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their establish-
>> ment party for now and forever"
>> In other words.... most lines will be less than 50 characters if 50 is
>> the threshold we decide on.
> And what happens with words that are longer than this threshold? Thinking
> German, for instance, which is famous for its unwieldy compound words.
> We have an established precedent in 1.4.8 of using characters to measure
>> line length. I think in a dot release we should stick with that, unless
>> I'm missing something.
> Not saying we shouldn't, but saying that questions like the above (what
> happens with words that are longer than 50 characters?) need to be at least
> aknowledged, and ideally solid solutions for pass techniques need to be
> developed.
> P
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