[Python-ideas] Multi-line strings that respect indentation
ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Fri Nov 5 02:18:51 CET 2010
Daniel da Silva <ddasilva at umd.edu> writes:
> On several occasions I have run into code that will do something like the
> following with a multiline string:
> def some_func():
> > x, y = process_something()
> > val = """
> > <xml>
> > <myThing>
> > <val>%s</val>
> > <otherVal>%s</otherVal>
> > </myThing>
> > """ % (x, y)
> > return val
> To me, this is rather ugly because it messes up the indentation of
> some_func(). Suppose we could have a multiline string, that when
> started on a line indented four spaces, ignores the first four spaces
> on each line of the literal when creating the actual string?
The standard library time machine to the rescue::
x, y = process_something()
val = textwrap.dedent("""
""") % (x, y)
I use this technique very often in my code. I'm surprised that it
doesn't have a wider share of Python programmers. Spread the knowledge!
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