[Python-Dev] Strings: '\012' -> '\n'

Neil Schemenauer nas@arctrix.com
Mon, 15 Jan 2001 13:45:28 -0800

On Mon, Jan 15, 2001 at 11:26:13PM -0500, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> [...] I find I'm rather attached to the idea of maintaining
> strictest possible symmetry between what Python handles on
> input and what it emits on output.
> So unless we think adding \f, \v, \b, and \a to the special set would
> actually produce a *loss* of clarity relative to octal gibberish (!),
> I say do 'em all.

Symmetry is good but I bet most people who would see \f, \v, \b,
\a wouldn't have entered those characters using escapes.  Most
likely those character's would have been read from a binary file.

That said, I don't really mind either way.