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From "Mattmann, Chris A (3980)" <>
Subject Re: 76 character widths for board reports?
Date Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:08:52 GMT
Yep..I'm on a mainframe right now :)

I've written a program to emulate me:


Check out my apachestuff Github it's in

Chris Mattmann, Ph.D.
Chief Architect
Instrument Software and Science Data Systems Section (398)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA 91109 USA
Office: 168-519, Mailstop: 168-527
Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089 USA

-----Original Message-----
From: Marvin Humphrey <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 10:02 PM
To: "" <>
Subject: Re: 76 character widths for board reports?

>On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 7:14 PM, Alan D. Cabrera <>
>> Is this really necessary?
>The Board minutes, which include all reports, are formatted as plain text
>every month.  If the reports aren't formatted by the time the Board gets
>then the Board members have to clean them up.  Brett and Sam spend a
>bunch of
>time every month on this stuff.
>The following quote is taken from one of the reminder emails which get
>out each month:
>    Cutting and pasting directly from a Wiki is not acceptable due to
>    formatting issues. Line lengths should be limited to 77 characters.
>(; Does a 77 character allotment instead of 76 make things ok? ;)
>If we ever get to the point where Incubator reports are submitted via web
>form, I hope to contribute some code which performs word wrapping and
>indenting automatically so that the Report Manager doesn't have to worry
>this.  It'll be tricky though because people use different bullet
>styles... I
>dunno, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
>> Speaking as one who actually coded on punched cards on an octal based
>> computer, I feel indignant that you young whippersnappers don't
>> the hard won freedoms us older coders have brought to the younger
>> generations.
>I think NASA makes Mattmann use one of those for his email.
>Marvin Humphrey
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