[Python-ideas] Minor tweak to PEP 8?
steve at pearwood.info
Wed May 11 18:55:08 CEST 2011
Mike Meyer wrote:
>> I think that specifying exactly how to indent continuation lines, or
>> even whether or not to indent them, is way too controlling for my
>> tastes. I don't believe it makes that much difference. Like the brace
>> wars, if there actually was any objective, meaningful, consistent
>> benefit of one style over the others, there would be no argument about
>> it. Instead, it's all subjective, vague, and far from consistent.
> If you don't believe it makes much different "whether or not to indent
> them", I suggest you align all continuation lines on the left hand
> side of the page in code you have to maintain and then report back to
In general, that would be an *outdent*, rather than not indenting.
As a matter of fact, there is at least one situation where I don't
indent continuation lines:
do_something("some long piece of text, most likely"
" but not always an error message, which uses implicit"
" concatenation over multiple lines blah blah blah blah"
# and it's perfectly maintainable, thanks for asking.
The fact that I have bare strings (with a leading space) and/or a binary
operator is more than enough clue that the lines form a block. Indenting
would be superfluous, and counter-productive, as it would reduce the
space available on each line.
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