[Python-3000] PEP Parade

Talin talin at acm.org
Wed May 2 04:50:11 CEST 2007

Guido van Rossum wrote:
>  S  3125  Remove Backslash Continuation                Jewett
> Sounds reasonable. I think we should still support \ inside string
> literals though; the PEP isn't clear on this. I hope this falls within
> the scope of the refactoring tool (sandbox/2to3).

I'm a strong -1 on this one BTW. I really dislike the idea of having to 
add spurious parentheses or other grouping operators in order to force 
line continuation. It requires the Python programmer to replace an ugly 
lexical-level hack into an ugly and cluttered parsing-level hack. 
Readability suffers as a consequence. In general, parens or grouping 
operators should only be used when they *mean* something, not merely as 
a hint to the parser as to how to parse something.

-- Talin

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