[Python-ideas] Is there a good reason to use * for multiplication?
grosser.meister.morti at gmx.net
Sat Oct 13 23:50:17 CEST 2012
On 10/13/2012 10:45 PM, Joshua Landau wrote:
> On 13 October 2012 21:20, Mathias Panzenböck <grosser.meister.morti at gmx.net
> <mailto:grosser.meister.morti at gmx.net>> wrote:
> On 10/12/2012 10:27 PM, Ram Rachum wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> Today a funny thought occurred to me. Ever since I've learned to program when I was a child,
> taken for granted that when programming, the sign used for multiplication is *. But now that
> I think
> about it, why? Now that we have Unicode, why not use · ?
> Do you think that we can make Python support · in addition to *?
> I can think of a couple of problems, but none of them seem like deal-breakers:
> - Backward compatibility: Python already uses *, but I don't see a backward compatibility
> with supporting · additionally. Let people use whichever they want, like spaces and tabs.
> - Input methods: I personally use an IDE that could be easily set to automatically
> convert * to ·
> where appropriate and to allow manual input of ·. People on Linux can type Alt-. .
> I use Linux (KDE4). When I press Alt-. in kwrite I simply get . in gvim I get ® and here in
> Thunderbird I get nothing. So I don't think this is very practical.
> Are y'all using your Alt Grill <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AltGr_key>? Mînè łeŧs mê······
With Alt Gr I always get …
Ah, Alt Gr-, produces · (German keyboard here, of course.)
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