They follow an arbitrary rule they said.
It will be fine, they said.
We have discovered the source of all perfection that they said.
There can never be anything that breaks the rules they said.
Obviously they never wrote code …
Having a format guide is great, it helps people answer the same question with a predictable response.
But, and there is always a but, you are writing a code, because you have never needed to write it this way before, for this purpose.
Therefore, it is new, it is novel (even if it is a non-original copy, paste and rename), and you have never seen it before.
How could they have written a "rule" that is universally applicable without having considered the entire universe? Clue – They could not have …
In the best of cases, this 80-character limit can be a general utility. Golden Rule. And I can see that it has some basis in print media and well formatted documents.
However, you have forgotten something. utility. Which I presume is the original intention of the Golden Rule Limit of 80 characters.
- The url does not work if you adjust it manually by inserting unnecessary blank spaces.
Now, which one is more professional for a news columnist, a book author or a web designer? Probably, adjust the link in line with approximately 80 characters, using the conventions and standards of your medium, to give a clue to the reader or using the available technologies to present the link in a usable way.
Which is more professional for a programmer?
If you had the option to hire between two programmers:
- one that pretty format the url,
- and one that did not.
But the same in any other way. Which one would you hire?
I would hire the one who did not, as they were professional enough to understand the goal, by not making life more difficult for the next developer.