Columns count in Arduino IDE

To whoever might listen,

The topic of adding a column counter on the bottom row with the line count is an old one. is still a great idea and would not be hard to implement in a future IDE release. For those of us that like to format our code listing to fit on an 80 page, this would let us know when to terminate a line with a newline. I think someone mentioned using it to align comments. This addition would make the sketch editing under the IDE much easier and pleasant. Can anyone explain why there is a reluctance to make such an addition?

Reg Mason