[Python-ideas] Syntax for dedented strings
bruce at leapyear.org
Tue Aug 16 23:42:10 CEST 2011
This has been discussed a few times in the past.
strings and indendation
strings that respect indentation
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On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 2:33 PM, Michael Foord <fuzzyman at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm sure this will be shot down , but it annoys me often enough that I'm
> going to suggest it anyway. :-)
> A recent tweet of Raymond's reminded me how useful textwrap.dedent() is for
> dedenting triple quoted strings in code blocks:
> def function():
> this_string = textwrap.dedent("""\
> Here is some indented text.
> that dedent will handle for us."""
> Unfortunately that doesn't work for docstrings as they must be string
> literals. It is compounded by the fact that you can't even create the
> docstring for a class and manually assign it later. (Why not? But that's
> another issue...)
> How about *another* string prefix for dedented strings:
> class Thing(object):
> This text will be,
> nicely dedented,
> thank you very much.
> All the best,
> Michael Foord
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