[swift-evolution] [Accepted] SE-0168: Multi-Line String Literals

Robert Bennett rltbennett at icloud.com
Sat Apr 22 10:35:05 CDT 2017

I'm not sure how we could implement breaking lines with \ for single line strings. Either indentation has to be stripped from the broken line, or the line must not be indented in which case nothing has been gained because soft wrap would accomplish the same thing. (Is there an option I'm missing?)

Now that we have """strings""", we could simply say: if you want to break a string over multiple lines, use a """string""" as a "string" does not permit this.

> On Apr 22, 2017, at 11:12 AM, Xiaodi Wu <xiaodi.wu at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 3:38 AM, Brent Royal-Gordon <brent at architechies.com> wrote:
>>> On Apr 21, 2017, at 11:48 AM, Xiaodi Wu via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
>>> This goes to my question to David Hart. Isn't this an argument for a feature to allow breaking a single-line string literal across multiple lines? What makes this a use case for some feature for _multiline_ string literals in particular?
>> Well, if you're breaking a string across several lines, you will want indentation stripping too. Are you suggesting we should also bring that feature to single-line string literals with escaped newlines?
> No, I am suggesting that whatever design is used for escaped newlines, if at all possible it should be equally apt for "strings" and """strings""" such that it will not require indentation stripping.
>> -- 
>> Brent Royal-Gordon
>> Architechies
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