[Python-3000] Support for PEP 3131
jimjjewett at gmail.com
Tue Jun 12 01:13:14 CEST 2007
On 6/11/07, "Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de> wrote:
> > One reason this matters -- even when the original author had good
> > intentions -- is that I edit my code as text, rather than graphics. I
> > will often retype rather than cutting and pasting. Since тор and нтер
> > are not the same as the visually similar Top and HTep, that will
> > eventually cause problems.
> It's actually unlikely that you encounter "тор" or "нтер" - they
> don't mean anything in Russian (FWIW, интерпретатор means interpreter;
> so "тор" is akin "ter" and "нтер" akin "nter").
> I cannot believe that you would actually consider retyping code
> that contains Cyrillic characters
Not if I realized they were Cyrillic -- and that is exactly my point.
By allowing any unicode letters, we would allow Cyrillic, and I might
open a file that uses Cyrillic without realizing it.
By allowing ASCII + locally approved charsets, I either won't have
Cyrillic indentifiers, or I will have turned them on explicitly, and
will know to look out for them.
> would you?), and even if you did - how would an ASCII-only flag
> on the interpreter help?
With ASCII-only, I would have gotten an error when I loaded the
original module in the first place, so I would know that I'm dealing
with Cyrillic (or at least with non-ASCII.)
> If you type Top and HTep (again, please
> look in my eyes and tell me that you would *actually* type in
> these identifiers), the error in the interpreter won't trigger.
To repeat: Yes, if I thought those were the variable names, I would
type them -- and I've seen dumber variable names than those."
Of course, I wouldn't type them if I knew they were wrong. With an
ASCII-only install, I would get that error-check because the
(remaining original uses) were in Cyrillic. With an "any unicode
character" install, ... well, I might figure out my problem the next
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