Hey again,

Thx all for the active discussion. 

Since I‘m the OP and though want to make clear that I didn‘t had a `d` string literal in mind. 

So the Idea was to support this just as default, with any more effords to support it I don‘t see a real advantage or that I‘d think it is ‚solved‘.

So I‘m aware that probably there won‘t be a majority to have this considering a breaking change - still I want to emphasize that I wouldn‘t want yet another string literal. I think this would be really bad. 

Actually I‘d rather like to see Python develop backwards and remove string literals and not getting even more ... so maybe just `r` and `b`?

Anyways, I think I‘ve made my Point clear. 

Terry Reedy <tjreedy@udel.edu> schrieb am So. 1. Apr. 2018 um 21:12:
On 4/1/2018 8:36 AM, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 01, 2018 at 08:08:41AM -0400, Richard Damon wrote:
>> One comment about the 'combinatorial explosion' is that it sort of assumes
>> that each individual combination case needs to be handled with distinct
>> code.

> No -- as I said in an earlier post, Terry and I (and Eric) are talking
> about the explosion in number of prefixes, not the complexity of the
> code.
> You are right that many of the prefixes can be handled by the same code:
>      rfd rfD rFd rFD rdf rdF rDf rDF
>      Rfd RfD RFd RFD Rdf RdF RDf RDF
>      frd frD fRd fRD fdr fdR fDr fDR
>      Frd FrD FRd FRD Fdr FdR FDr FDR
>      drf drF dRf dRF dfr dfR dFr dFR
>      Drf DrF DRf DRF Dfr DfR DFr DFR
>      # why did we support all these combinations? who uses them?
> presumably will all handled by the same "raw dedent f-string" code. But
> the parser still has to handle all those cases, and so does the person
> reading the code.

IDLE's colorizer does its parsing with a giant regex.  The new prefix
combinations would nearly double the number of alternatives in the
regex.  I am sure that this would mean more nodes in the compiled
finite-state machine.  Even though the non-re code of the colorizer
would not change, I am pretty sure that this would mean that coloring
takes longer.  Since the colorizer is called with each keystroke*, and
since other events can be handled between keystrokes#,  colorizing time
*could* become an issue, especially on older or slower machines than
mine.  Noticeable delays between keystroke and character appearance on
screen are a real drag.

* Type 'i', 'i' appears 'normal'; type 'n', 'in' is colored 'keyword';
type 't', 'int' is colored 'builtin'; type 'o', 'into' becomes 'normal'

# One can edit while a program is running in a separate process and
outputting to the shell window.

Terry Jan Reedy

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