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[ddlm-group] Focusing the elide discussion

By my count there are 6 distinct proposals for eliding triple-quoted
strings on the table, which I have listed below.  In order to get an
idea of where we all stand and which proposals are most likely to
succeed, I'd like to invite you all to reply to this email with a list
of proposals which you would find acceptable.  If you like, you can
rank them in order of preference.  In the list below I've given short
descriptions, but you should refer to the original emails for the full
details.  The opinions of COMCIFS voting members are of course most
significant at this juncture, but I for one am interested in the
thoughts of the other members as well.

Proposal P (for Python): Ralf's original proposal to do everything as in Python
Proposal A: <backslash><delimiter> elides the delimiter, no other
sequences are significant
Proposal B: \uxxxx to represent Unicode characters, no other sequences
are significant
Proposal C: as yet unspecified character post-elides the delimiter
where necessary
Proposal D: as for C, except post-elide character is given immediately
before opening triple delimiter
Proposal E: (John B's suggestion) \uxxxx for Unicode character
together with \<newline> and \\
Proposal F: (Simon's proposal) \<newline> and \\ only
Proposal F': (My slight tweak of Simon's proposal) \<newline> only
when not preceded by \

I find proposal P unacceptable, and would rank the others in order of
preference roughly as follows:

Best: F', F, C
Bearable: A, B, E
In a pinch: D

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