[Python-3000] More PEP 3101 changes incoming
greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Mon Aug 6 02:10:20 CEST 2007
> I remember a language that did the *** thing; it was called Fortran.
> It was an absolutely terrible feature.
I agree that expanding the field width is much to be
preferred if possible. But if you *must* have a maximum
field width, it's better to show no number at all than
a number with some of its digits invisibly chopped
> So I think a maximum width is quite unnecessary for numbers.
I agree with that.
By the way, I've always thought the reason C has maximum
widths for string formats is so you can deal with strings
which are not null-terminated, an issue that doesn't
arise in Python.
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