How about this patch?

On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM, Ziad Sawalha <> wrote:

On Feb 27, 2014, at 4:42 PM, "Bruce Leban" <> wrote:

To clarify are you asking to delete the recommendation of a blank line or the entire recommendation?

That is are you suggesting the recommendation change to

“It is recommended to place the closing quotes on a line by themselves."

That's right. I just want to get rid of the recommendation for the blank line.

I think deleting it completely is a bad idea as otherwise it's hard to see where the docstring ends and the code begins, especially when using doctest.

On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 2:06 PM, Ziad Sawalha <> wrote:
PEP-257 includes this recommendation:

“The BDFL [3] recommends inserting a blank line between the last paragraph in a multi-line
docstring and its closing quotes, placing the closing quotes on a line by themselves. This way,
Emacs' fill-paragraph command can be used on it.”

I believe emacs no longer has this limitation. "If you do fill-paragraph in emacs in Python mode
within a docstring, emacs already ignores the closing triple-quote.  In fact, the most recent version
of emacs supports several different docstring formatting styles and gives you the ability to switch
between them.” - quoting Kevin L. Mitchell who is more familiar with emacs than I am.

I’m considering removing that recommendation and updating some of the examples in PEP-257,
but I’d like some thoughts from this group before I submit the patch. Any thoughts or references to
conversations that may have already been had on this topic?

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