Jared Grubb writes:
The easiest would be to do the equivalent of dedent and take the longest common whitespace length. But, the purist in me would kinda hope that if, for example, the code was indented to column 8 but the text was all at column 12, that the resulting string would have 4 leading spaces on each line.
You could probably come up with rules to get this right for the parser, but how can it possibly guess exactly what any given user means by
def amethod (self): self.bmethod_has_fleece_as_white_as_snow("""\ Mary had a little lamb little lamb little lamb The lamb may be a little small But this poem is just plain lame.""")
Is that supposed to be flush left, indented 4 spaces, indented 8 spaces, or indented 12 spaces?
I think the dedent rule (longest common whitespace prefix) makes the most sense.