73012Issue 165 in vim: Width of line numbers in :hardcopy is hard coded
- Sep 3, 2013Status: New
Labels: Type-Defect Priority-Medium
New issue 165 by dale.oys...@...: Width of line numbers in :hardcopy
is hard coded
The width of the line numbers (when enabled) in :hardcopy appears to be
hard coded through #define PRINT_NUMBER_WIDTH 8 in the file structs.h. It
would be preferrable to have this setting available in printoptions.
When printing small, 1-page files with <=50 lines, reserving 6 character
widths for line numbers is IMHO excessive, and in some cases it causes long
lines below 80 characters to wrap with otherwise default settings.
Add a new option to printoptions named numberwidth, which takes a
non-negative integer as parameter, and use this to set the padding of line
numbers when printing through :hardcopy. Alternatively, make :hardcopy
respect the existing option :set numberwidth. The latter would be less
preferable, because that option is not intended to affect printing.
Defaults should be set so it matches current behavior.
While the suggested solution above resolves the issue, I'd like to make
some additional suggestions on how it could be improved.
Add the possibility to supply the parameter * to the suggested numberwidth
option in popt, which would cause the line numbers in :hardcopy to fit the
largest line number. If the largest line number is 999, 3 character widths
would be reserved for line numbers.
Add an option to printoptions to change the padding between the line number
and the line itself.
Provide an option to have line numbers outside the margin. Some consider it
good typographic style to leave bullets and numbers of lists outside the
Here's a visual example of the suggestion:
| 12345 |# This is a line of text
^ Edge ^ Margin
As opposed to the current behavior, which would look like
| | 12345 # This is a line of text
^ Edge ^ Margin
I'd be willing to submit patches for individual parts of this report if I
get some pointers on where to start, or manage to find the necessary
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