raw string tail escape revisited

Bengt Richter bokr at oz.net
Sat Aug 9 17:33:39 CEST 2003

Why wouldn't quote-stuffing solve the problem, and let you treat \ as
an ordinary character? In a raw string, it's no good for preventing
end-of-quoting anyway, unless you want the literal \ in front of the quote
you are escaping.

Quote-stuffing is a variation on the old quote-doubling, extended to
deal with triple quotes as well (which makes it a little like HDLC bit stuffing).

IOW, treat \ as an ordinary character, and then if you don't want the
string to end, just stuff one quote character of the starting kind after
the otherwise terminating sequence. You could do this with single quoting
or triple quoting, where of course you'd need it less for triple quotes.
E.g., using uppercase R as a prefix for this kind of raw string syntax,

    R'\'   # just fine
    R'C:\' # one of the motivations 
    R''''  # dumb way to do "'"
    R""" <just about anything> ->[""""]<-makes 3 quotes, and we end with \"""
    R""" ->[""""""""]<-two stuffing-extended triple quotes make 6 quotes."""

The tokenizer would recognize a stuffed quote mark and just discard it if present,
otherwise recognize end of string.

Just had this idea. Do I need more coffee? What did I forget?

Bengt Richter

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