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Riobard Zhan firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
On 5-Feb-09, at 7:31 AM, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
I'm sorry you dislike colons, but I like them.
Yes I agree with you that many people like colons. What bothers me is that some people dislike them, but not given the choice to avoid them.
That argument doesn't address the point of the existing syntax. I (and presumably Steven) like the colons in code when I have to read it.
If they are optional, and some significant proportion of coders stop using them to introduce a suite, then they entirely lose their strong association with “here comes a suite” that is the main benefit of having them as complulsory syntax.
We don't like semicolons in Python, but what would stop a hard-core C users to end every statement with a semicolon? They have the choice.
Laziness (the good kind). Once someone discovers that they don't have to add the semicolons, and it doesn't affect the operation of their program, those semicolons will, I predict, become much less frequent.
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