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Indented multi-line strings (was: "Data blocks" syntax specification draft)


On Thu, May 24, 2018 at 3:08 AM, Ian Kelly <ian.g.kelly at gmail.com> wrote:
> I don't know if 'i' would be the right prefix character for this, but
> it's unused and is short for 'indented':
>
> b = i'''
>     Here is a multi-line string
>     with indentation, which is
>     determined from the second
>     line.'''

Since this doesn't change the way the string is parsed, it doesn't
actually NEED to be a prefix letter. I'd like to see this instead:

b = '''
    Here is a multi-line string
    with indentation, which is
    determined from the second
    line.'''.dedent()

Implemented as a string method, it would be completely syntactically
forwards and backwards compatible, and could be easily documented
(s.dedent() <=> textwrap.dedent(s)). And methods on literals are open
to being optimized, as there's no way to mess with imports or
anything.

ChrisA