Docstrings considered too complicated

Ed Keith e_d_k at
Wed Mar 3 19:01:27 CET 2010

--- On Wed, 3/3/10, D'Arcy J.M. Cain  wrote:

> They needed a way to tell where the end of the information
> was.  Why
> they used ^Z (SUB - Substitute) instead of ^C (ETX - End of
> TeXt) or
> even ^D (EOT - End Of Transmission) is anyone's guess.

That has always puzzled me to. ETX and EOT were well established, why no use one of them? I'd love to know what they were thinking.


Ed Keith
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