This is for presentation purposes. If you need to deal with a
limitation of say a console you can use the continuation character  \
to represent the same thing within your code.

Example:

>> x = "This is a really long string \
>> But it really is only one line to ruby \
>> Though you see three lines in irb"
 => "This is a really long string But it really is only one line to
ruby Though you see three lines in irb"

If you did the same thing without the continuation char it would auto
input  \n in place of every carriage return.

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