Re: Backslash n [OT] was Line Separator and Paragraph Separator

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Oct 22 2003 - 09:36:16 CST

Peter Kirk scripsit:

> But if two files each consist of one or more lines of text separated by
> LS (but with no final LS), when they are concatenated, surely LS must be
> added as a separator. Similarly with paragraphs and PS.

But your protasis is a petitio principii. Files may or may not consist of
lines of text: a file may contain less than one line.

> Way to avoid this absurd conclusion: redefine LS and PS
> as line and paragraph terminators, to be used at end of file when (as is
> normal) this corresponds to a line or paragraph end.

No doubt this is the de facto position. (The *true* de facto position,
of course, is not to use LS or PS at all.)

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