Quotation Ugliness

Tim Chase python.list at tim.thechases.com
Wed Nov 26 01:40:00 CET 2014

On 2014-11-25 18:18, Tim Daneliuk wrote:
> A problem for your consideration:
> We are given a tuple of delimiter string pairs to quote or comment
> text, possibly over multiple lines.   Something like this:
>      delims = (('"', '"'), ("'", "'"), ('#', '\n'), ("\*", "*\),
> ('\\', '\n') ...)
> These may be nested.
> Here's the problem:  Determine is the string S appears *outside* or
> *inside* any such quotation.

You would have to define what should happen in a case where you have
more than one single/double-quote delimited items on the same line:

  do("this", "and", "that")

should it return true or false when testing for 'this", "and",
"that'?  (it is within double-quotes)

And what should happen with mismatched quotes?

  do("th/*is", "and", "th*/at")

It would also help to have a proposed function signature for the
functionality you want.  Something like

  def inside_quote(s, corpus, delims=delims):


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