[seqfan] Re: A011784 formatting issue

Russ Cox rsc at swtch.com
Tue Jan 20 20:35:07 CET 2009

On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 7:25 AM, David Wilson <dwilson at gambitcomm.com> wrote:
> In the "long" and "short" formats, a backslash continuation appears on
> the %U line, but the line is not broken after the backslash as it
> presumably should be.
> Since the backslash does not appear in the database itself, I assume it
> is added by the formatter.

The formatter adds backslash+space in the middle of very
large numbers (search for multiplicative encoding), to give
web browsers a chance to break incredibly large numbers
rather than make the window unreasonably wide with a
horizontal scroll bar.  If you are seeing a backslash in a
sequence with no big numbers (70+ digits) then there is
a bug somewhere.

In the specific case of A011784, I don't see any.


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