Python strings and coding conventions

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Sun Jan 11 05:26:46 CET 2009

koranthala at wrote:
> Hi,
>    Python Coding Convention (PEP 8) suggests :
>   Maximum Line Length
>     Limit all lines to a maximum of 79 characters.
>   I have a string which is ~110 char long. It is a string which I am
> going to print in a text file as a single string.
>   i.e. in that text file, each line is taken as a different record -
> so it has to be in a single line.
>   Now, how can I write this code - while following PEP 8?
>   I tried blockstrings, but as shown in the example below:
>>>> s = r'''
> ... abcd
> ... efgh
> ... '''
>>>> s
> '\nabcd\nefgh\n'
>    it has "\n" inserted - which will disallow printing it to a single
> line.
>    I thought about other options like concatenating strings etc, but
> it seems very kludgy - esp since the whole string has a single meaning
> and cannot be easily split to many logically. Then I thought of
> creating a blockstring and then removing "\n", but it seemed
> kludgier...

I usually use implicit concatenation:

s = ('some long text that '
      'needs to be split')

Robert Kern

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