Raw strings and escaping
duncan.booth at invalid.invalid
Tue Oct 3 13:54:18 CEST 2006
Jon Ribbens <jon+usenet at unequivocal.co.uk> wrote:
> I presume there was originally some reason for this bizarre behaviour
> - it'd be interesting to know what it is/was, if anyone knows?
See the FAQ for the explanation:
The idea is that if you use raw strings for regular expressions you can
write things like:
pattern = r'[\'"]'
if the raw string simply ignored the backslash altogether it would be much
harder to write regular expressions that contain both sorts of quotes.
More information about the Python-list