The question was about which style to *recommend* (a la PEP-8).

On Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 8:03 AM Jonathan Goble <> wrote:
On Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 1:24 AM Guido van Rossum <> wrote:
On Sun, Oct 3, 2021 at 9:20 PM Jonathan Goble <> wrote:
Therefore my vote is for requiring `except* E` and keeping `except *E` as a SyntaxError.

You can't do that with our current lexer+parser.

Then what is the purpose of this thread? I understood from the OP that the question was which to allow and which to prohibit. If it's impossible to require either or prohibit either because the lexer/parser can't tell the difference, then it's going to end up as a never-ending style argument just like C pointers, so what are we even discussing? (Other than an entirely different syntax, of course, which now seems like the logical way to go if we can't enforce a single way to do it with the original proposal.)

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