Pythonic way to trim and keep leading and trailing whitespace

Daniel Chiquito daniel.chiquito at
Tue Mar 23 23:39:15 CET 2010

As far as I know, I don't think there is anything that strips it and returns
the material that was stripped. Regex's would be your best bet.


On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 6:09 PM, <python at> wrote:

> I'm looking for a pythonic way to trim and keep leading whitespace in a
> string.
> Use case: I have a bunch of text strings with various amounts of leading
> and trailing whitespace (spaces and tabs). I want to grab the leading and
> trailing whitespace, save it, surround the remaining text with html tags,
> and then add back the leading and trailing whitespace.
> The only solution I can think of is regex, and that makes me think of the 2
> proverbial problems that come with that :)
> Is there a 'better' solution than regex for this scenario? (Seems like this
> would be a common type of string processing).
> Thanks,
> Malcolm
> --

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