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From: Reece Dunn (msclrhd_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-09-22 16:19:10

John Torjo wrote:
> Rob Stewart wrote:
>> Agreed, but pipes ("|") are easier to grok:
>> "<elem> | </elem><elem> | </elem>"
> That's fine too.

This again runs into the problem of what if you want '|' in your format
string? One possibility is to use non-printable characters, e.g. \xFF,
but I don't think this would have widespread support.

Implementing escaping for the above will complicate the evaluation of
the format string as you cannot use str.find( "|" ). One possibility is
to check if '\' exists before '|' after a find; if yes, repeat. Thus '\'
becomes context-sensitive. This approach leads to "< |\\| >" for "<
a\\b\\c >" formatting being ill-defined.


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