constructing binary backslash-n

Steve Holden steve at
Thu Sep 30 14:36:09 CEST 2004

Bengt Richter wrote:

> On Thu, 30 Sep 2004 00:27:17 -0400, Tim Peters <tim.peters at> wrote:
> [...]
>>The only letters that have special meaning after a backslash are:
>>a b f n r t v x
> Hm, why aren't they all used by repr? E.g.,
>  >>> list('\a\b\f\n\r\t\v\x00')
>  ['\x07', '\x08', '\x0c', '\n', '\r', '\t', '\x0b', '\x00']
> Regards,
> Bengt Richter

Probably the best question of the thread.

And the answer is "probably because nobody would recognize the escapes".


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