[swift-evolution] multi-line string literals.

Adrian Zubarev adrian.zubarev at devandartist.com
Mon Apr 3 04:19:12 CDT 2017

This is almost the same as proposed, but we use " instead of |, however you still don’t have trailing space characters covered like this.

Adrian Zubarev
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Am 3. April 2017 um 11:16:41, Charlie Monroe (charlie at charliemonroe.net) schrieb:

You can. I wish I remembered the language this was in (not sure if it's in Scala), but you can do something like:

let xml = '''
|<?xml version="1.0"?> 
| <...>

This way, if you care about the leading whitespace, you define the line beginning using "|".

Two characters aren't harmful, but in my experience when working with HTML strings, etc. the quote-escaping is extremely tedious.

On Apr 3, 2017, at 11:06 AM, Adrian Zubarev <adrian.zubarev at devandartist.com> wrote:

My main concern with this approach is that you don’t have any control about indent and you loose pre- and post spacing characters.

A concatenating approach is a little tedious but it’s precise. In any situation a multi-lined string is not softly wrapped string, which implies that you will have to press enter for each new line you wish to have. IMHO adding two more characters for each line isn’t that harmful. ;-)

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Am 3. April 2017 um 10:49:02, Charlie Monroe (charlie at charliemonroe.net) schrieb:

While I long for multiline string literals, I'd also very like to see a different syntax as in many cases, these can be XML/HTML snippets and the use of quotes is ubiqituous. I'd very much like to see a variant where you can simply paste almost any string without escaping it.

For example, Scala uses a tripple-quote syntax... As we've gotten rid of ' for character literals, we could use it for multiline strings?

Or possibly tripple-apostrophe for multiline strings?

let xml = '''
<?xml version="1.0"?> 

On Apr 3, 2017, at 9:01 AM, Adrian Zubarev via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

Hello Swift community,

on Github there is a PR for this proposal, but I couldn’t find any up to date thread, so I’m going to start by replying to the last message I found, without the last content.

I really like where this proposal is going, and my personal preference are *continuation quotes*. However the proposed solution is still not perfect enough for me, because it still lacks of precise control about the trailing space characters in each line of a multi-line string.

Proposed version looks like this:

let xml = "<?xml version=\"1.0\"?>
    "    <book id=\"bk101\" empty=\"\">
    "        <author>\(author)</author>
    "        <title>XML Developer's Guide</title>
    "        <genre>Computer</genre>
    "        <price>44.95</price>
    "        <publish_date>2000-10-01</publish_date>
    "        <description>An in-depth look at creating applications with XML.</description>
    "    </book>
I would like to pitch an enhancement to fix the last tiny part by adding the escaping character ‘' to the end of each line from 1 to (n - 1) of the n-lined string. This is similar to what Javascript allows us to do, except that we also have precise control about the leading space character through ’"’.

The proposed version will become this:

let xml = "<?xml version=\"1.0\"?>\    
    "<catalog>\ // If you need you can comment here
    "    <book id=\"bk101\" empty=\"\">\
    "        <author>\(author)</author>\
    "        <title>XML Developer's Guide</title>\
    "        <genre>Computer</genre>\
    "        <price>44.95</price>\
    "        <publish_date>2000-10-01</publish_date>\
    "        <description>An in-depth look at creating applications with XML.</description>\
    "    </book>\
Here is another example:

let multilineString: String = "123__456__\ // indicates there is another part of the string on the next line
                              "__789_____\ // aways starts with `"` and ends with either `\` or `"`
                              "_____0_" // precise control about pre- and post-space-characters

let otherString = "\(someInstance)\ /* only comments are allowed in between */ "text \(someOtherInstance) text"
This is simply continuation quotes combined with backslash concatenation.

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