[Python-3000] PEP-3125 -- remove backslash continuation

Jerry Seutter jseutter at gmail.com
Thu May 3 19:17:27 CEST 2007

On 5/2/07, Andrew Koenig <ark at acm.org> wrote:
> Looking at PEP-3125, I see that one of the rejected alternatives is to
> allow
> any unfinished expression to indicate a line continuation.
> I would like to suggest a modification to that alternative that has worked
> successfully in another programming language, namely Stu Feldman's
> is a language intended for numerical programming; it compiles into Fortran
> with the interesting property that the resulting Fortran code is intended
> to
> be human-readable and maintainable by people who do not happen to have
> access to the EFL compiler.
> Anyway, the (only) continuation rule in EFL is that if the last token in a
> line is one that lexically cannot be the last token in a statement, then
> the
> next line is considered a continuation of the current line.
> Python currently has a rule that if parentheses are unbalanced, a newline
> does not end the statement.  If we were to translate the EFL rule to
> Python,
> it would be something like this:
>         The whitespace that follows an operator or open bracket or
> parenthesis
>         can include newline characters.
> Note that if this suggestion were implemented, it would presumably be at a
> very low lexical level--even before the decision is made to turn a newline
> followed by spaces into an INDENT or DEDENT token.  I think that this
> property solves the difficulty-of-parsing problem.  Indeed, I think that
> this suggestion would be easier to implement than the current
> unbalanced-parentheses rule.
Would this change alter where errors are reported by the parser?  Is my

x = x +    # Oops.
... some other code ...

going to have an error reported 15 lines below where the actual typo was

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