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Brian Goetz brian.goetz at
Thu Mar 21 13:56:58 UTC 2019

> I really like in the syntax proposed by Jim the fact that the single quote " is retconned to allow several lines,
> it seems the easiest thing to do if we just want to introduce a multi-lines literal string.

This has already been rejected, because it doesn't address the main use 
cases -- most multi-line snippets still want to have quotes in them 
(SQL, JSON, XML, etc), and thus would still have to be escaped.

> I disagree with Brian that we should try to have an intelligent algorithm to remove the blank spaces

Thought that's not actually what I proposed.  What I've proposed is to 
start with a choice of "1" or "1a", the latter being "1 with intelligent 
reflow."  So your preference for 1 over 1a is recorded!

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