Re: the meaning of r’.......‘

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Mon Jul 23 23:49:35 CEST 2012


On Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 7:07 AM, Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:
> On 7/23/2012 3:59 AM, Chris Angelico wrote:
>>
>> On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 5:56 PM, levi nie <levinie001 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> the meaning of r’.......‘?
>>
>>
>> It's a raw string.
>>
>> http://docs.python.org/py3k/tutorial/introduction.html#strings
>
> Strictly speaking, it is a raw string literal, which should be parsed as raw
> (string literal) and NOT as (raw string) literal. I know that the docs
> sometimes leave off 'literal', but that sometimes confuses people that there
> is such a thing as a raw string instance.

True, but then, the same elision is also seen in, for instance, 12345
being an "integer" not a "decimal integer literal". There's no
difference between 0x3039 and 12345, but if someone asked what the 0x
meant, I'd explain it as "hex literal".

Though you're right, it does cause some problems.

ChrisA



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