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

Xiaodi Wu xiaodi.wu at gmail.com
Sat Apr 22 10:42:55 CDT 2017

On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 10:35 AM, Robert Bennett <rltbennett at icloud.com>

> 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?)

Hence, perhaps, we could consider designs that involve breaking lines not a
syntax other than `\`?

> 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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