String printing behavior?
ted.drain at jpl.nasa.gov
Wed Mar 1 23:42:07 CET 2000
I've got a question about the string printing behavior. If I define a
>>> def foo():
... return "line1\nline2"
>>> print foo()
It seems to me that the default printing behavior for strings should match
behavior of the print routine. I realize that some people may want to
see embedded control codes, but I would advocate a seperate method for
printing raw byte sequences.
We are using the python interactive prompt as a pseudo-matlab like user
interface and the current printing behavior is very confusing to users.
It also means that functions that return text (like help routines)
must print the string rather than returning it. Returning the string
is much more flexible because it allows the string to be captured
easily and redirected.
Ted Drain Jet Propulsion Laboratory Ted.Drain at jpl.nasa.gov
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