[seqfan] Re: A011784 formatting issue
dwilson at gambitcomm.com
Tue Jan 20 23:19:25 CET 2009
I guess I can see what you were after. If the browser chooses to break
the line, it looks like a standard line continuation. But if the browser
doesn't, it looks weird and unnecessary. Personally, I think forcing the
line break would be preferable, but it's just a preference.
Russ Cox wrote:
> 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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