[Doc-SIG] quoting

Edward D. Loper edloper@gradient.cis.upenn.edu
Tue, 13 Mar 2001 12:37:17 EST

Could someone point me to an explanation of why we *don't* want to use
backslashes for backslashing characters? :)  e.g., \* for a literal
asterisk.  It seems so much like the natural thing to do, and surely
someone who's coding in python will be familiar with the convention
of backslashing characters..