Difference between " and '

Michael Hoffman cam.ac.uk at mh391.invalid
Fri Jul 22 09:24:22 CEST 2005


Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> Michael Hoffman wrote:
> 
>> John Machin wrote:
>>
>>> b83503104 at yahoo.com wrote:
>>>
>>>> Can someone tell me the difference between single quote and double
>>>> quote?
>>>
>>>  >>> ord("'") - ord('"')
>>> 5
>>
>> Very zen.
> 
> But unfortunately incorrect, since the original poster didn't ask for 
> the difference between the ordinal values of the single quote and double 
> quote characters, but for the difference between the characters themselves.

It reminded me of a zen koan, because although it was a joke at the 
expense of original poster, the true answer was still contained within 
when the answerer had to use different kinds of quoting to quote single 
and double quotes.
-- 
Michael Hoffman



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