[Python-Dev] Re: String literal concatenation & docstrings

David Goodger goodger at python.org
Sat Nov 27 16:07:15 CET 2004

[Carlos Ribeiro]
>  while the following works:
>     a = "this line continues"
>         "on the next line"

Are you sure about that?  Doesn't work on my machine:

$ cat x.py
a = "this line continues "
     "on the next line"
$ python x.py
   File "x.py", line 2
     "on the next line"
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

If you add a trailing backslash, it does work:

$ cat x2.py
a = "this line continues " \
     "on the next line"
print a
$ python x2.py
this line continues on the next line

 > Kind of weird

Not weird at all ;-)

David Goodger <http://python.net/~goodger>
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