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Colons, indentation and reformatting.

P: n/a
i was just perusing a Wikipedia entry on the "off side rule" at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-side_rule .
It says that the colon in Python is purely for readability, and cites
our FAQ entry
http://www.python.org/doc/faq/genera...ass-statements
Jan 9 '07 #1
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Paddy wrote:
Thinking about it a little, it seems that a colon followed by
non-indented code that has just been pasted in could also be used by a
Python-aware editor as a flag to re-indent the pasted code.

How would it reindent this code?

if foo:
print "Foo!"
if bar:
print "Bar!"

Like this?

if foo:
print "Foo!"
if bar:
print "Bar!"

Or like this?

if foo:
print "Foo!"
if bar:
print "Bar!"
Jan 9 '07 #2

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On 2007-01-09, Leif K-Brooks <eu*****@ecritters.bizwrote:
Paddy wrote:
>Thinking about it a little, it seems that a colon followed by
non-indented code that has just been pasted in could also be
used by a Python-aware editor as a flag to re-indent the
pasted code.

How would it reindent this code?

if foo:
print "Foo!"
if bar:
print "Bar!"

Like this?

if foo:
print "Foo!"
if bar:
print "Bar!"

Or like this?

if foo:
print "Foo!"
if bar:
print "Bar!"
That's the key issue. The colon gives the editor an easy clue
where a block starts, but the there's no simply way to determine
where the block is supposed to end.

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Bulletin Blooper
Jan 9 '07 #3

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