Triple-quoted strings hath not the Python-nature

Orestis Markou orestis at
Tue Oct 21 11:18:34 CEST 2008

from textwrap import dedent

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will do what you want

On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 9:58 AM, Lawrence D'Oliveiro
<ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand> wrote:
> If triple-quoted strings had the Python-nature, then they would take
> indentation into account. Thus:
>    """this
>     is a
>     multi-line
>    string."""
> would be equivalent to
>    "this\n is a\n multi-line\nstring."
> and not
>    "this\n     is a\n     multi-line\n    string."
> The rule would be: the exact same whitespace characters at the beginning of
> the line on which the triple-quoted string starts must also occur at the
> start of the lines on which the string continues; these are stripped off
> and not included in the string contents. Any additional whitespace is of
> course part of the string.
> --

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