I particularly like the str.dedent() idea. Adding yet another string
prefix adds more complexity to the language, which I'm generally not
in favor of.
On 2/7/19, Mike Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Was: "Dart (Swift) like multi line strings indentation"
> This discussion petered-out but I liked the idea, as it alleviates something
> occasionally annoying.
> Am supportive of the d'' prefix, perhaps the capital prefixes can be
> to avoid issues? If not, a sometimes-optimized (or C-accelerated)
> is acceptable too.
> Anyone still interested in this?
> On 3/31/18 5:43 PM, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>> The ideal solution would:
>> - require only a single pair of starting/ending string delimiters;
>> - allow string literals to be indented to the current block, for
>> the visual look and to make it more convenient with editors
>> which automatically indent;
>> - evaluate without the indents;
>> - with no runtime cost.
>> One solution is to add yet another string prefix, let's say d for
>> dedent, but as Terry and others point out, that leads to a combinational
>> explosion with f-strings and r-strings already existing.
>> Another possibility is to make dedent a string method:
>> def spam():
>> text = """\
>> some text
>> another line
>> and a third
>> and avoid the import of textwrap. However, that also imposes a runtime
>> cost, which could be expensive if you are careless:
>> for x in seq:
>> for y in another_seq:
>> some large indented string
>> (Note: the same applies to using textwrap.dedent.)
>> But we could avoid that runtime cost if the keyhole optimizer performed
>> the dedent at compile time:
>> triple-quoted string literal
>> could be optimized at compile-time, like other constant-folding.
>> Out of all the options, including the status quo, the one I dislike the
>> least is the last one:
>> - make dedent a string method;
>> - recommend (but don't require) that implementations perform the
>> dedent of string literals at compile time;
>> (failure to do so is a quality of implementation issue, not a bug)
>> - textwrap.dedent then becomes a thin wrapper around the string method.
> On 4/1/18 4:41 AM, Michel Desmoulin wrote:>
> > A "d" prefix to do textwrap.dedent is something I wished for a long
> > It's like the "f" one: we already can do it, be hell is it convenient to
> > have a shortcut.
> > This is especially if, like me, you take a lot of care in the error
> > messages you give to the user. I write a LOT of them, very long, very
> > descriptive, and I have to either import textwrap or play the
> > concatenation game.
> > Having a str.dedent() method would be nice, but the d prefix has the
> > huge advantage to be able to dedent on parsing, and hence be more
> > performant.
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