On Mon, 29 Nov 2010 08:22:46 +0100 "Martin v. Löwis" email@example.com wrote:
The former ensures that literals in code are always readable; the later allows users to enter numbers in their own number system. How could that be a bad thing?
It's YAGNI, feature bloat. It gives the illusion of supporting something that actually isn't supported very well (namely, parsing local number strings). I claim that there is no meaningful application of this feature.
Still, if it's not detrimental and it it's not difficult to support, then why do you care? You aren't even maintaining that part of the code.
I don't think "remove feature bloat" is part of our development goals or practices. Given the diversity of our user base, such removal should be done carefully and only for serious reasons.