Python strings and coding conventions

Roy Smith roy at
Sun Jan 11 19:12:16 CET 2009

In article 
<5db6181f-d6f6-4bdc-88c8-e12ad228c105 at>,
 Mensanator <mensanator at> wrote:

> > What are all those line continuation characters ('\') for? ?You are aware
> > that they are unnecessary here?
> Actually, I wasn't aware of that. A quick review shows
> why. In the old manuals, implicit line continuation
> was in a seperate chapter (2.1.6) from implicit (2.1.5)
> so if you didn't read past 2.1.5 you would have missed it.

My philosophy about line continuation is to assume lines can be continued 
after just about any piece of punctuation.  If I'm wrong, the computer will 
tell me, and then I make the computer happy by adding a \.  It's easier 
than looking it up, and way easier than memorizing the details.

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