[docs] [issue17777] Unrecognized string literal escape sequences give SyntaxErrors

Mark Egan-Fuller report at bugs.python.org
Mon Sep 23 12:28:02 CEST 2013

Mark Egan-Fuller added the comment:

Python correctly throws a unicode error here, directing the user towards the fact that this is an issue specifically with the unicode escaping.

>>> "\u"
  File "<stdin>", line 1
SyntaxError: (unicode error) 'unicodeescape' codec can't decode bytes in position 0-1: truncated \uXXXX escape

The documentation also states that "Any Unicode character can be encoded this way. Exactly eight hex digits are required."[0].

Propose closing this as Won't Fix.

[0]: http://docs.python.org/3/reference/lexical_analysis.html#literals

nosy: +markeganfuller, tim.golden

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