"Stephen J. Turnbull" firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Furthermore, he provided good *objective* reason (excessive cost, to which I can also testify, in several different input methods for Japanese) why numbers simply would not be input that way.
What's left is copy/paste via the mouse.
For direct entry by an interactive user, yes. Why are some people in this discussion thinking only of direct entry by an interactive user?
Input to a program comes from various sources other than direct entry by the interactive user, as has been pointed out many times.
Please, give us just *one* more real use case that isn't "somebody might".
Input from an existing text file, as I said earlier. Or any other way of text data making its way into a Python program.
Direct entry at the console is a red herring.