On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM, Greg Ewing <greg.ewing@canterbury.ac.nz> wrote:
I think the only way to really fix this cleanly is to have
a different *syntax* for counting from the end, rather than
trying to guess from the value of the argument. 

I was thinking the exact same thing today. Suppose the slice syntax was changed to:


where 0 or None or False for reverse leaves the slice in order while any True value reverses it. This would replace

'abcde'[2:5] == 'bcd'
'abcde'[2:5::True] == 'dcb'
'abcde'[::-2] == 'abcde'[::2:True] == 'eca'
'abcdef'[::-2] == 'fdb'
'abcdef'[::2:True] == 'eca'

As the last three examples, illustrate, sometimes the reverse is equivalent to a negative stride and sometimes it's not.

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