On 13 October 2012 21:20, Mathias Panzenböck <grosser.meister.morti@gmx.net> wrote:
On 10/12/2012 10:27 PM, Ram Rachum wrote:
Hi everybody,

Today a funny thought occurred to me. Ever since I've learned to program when I was a child, I've
taken for granted that when programming, the sign used for multiplication is *. But now that I think
about it, why? Now that we have Unicode, why not use · ?

Do you think that we can make Python support · in addition to *?

I can think of a couple of problems, but none of them seem like deal-breakers:

  - Backward compatibility: Python already uses *, but I don't see a backward compatibility problem
with supporting · additionally. Let people use whichever they want, like spaces and tabs.
  - Input methods: I personally use an IDE that could be easily set to automatically convert * to ·
where appropriate and to allow manual input of ·. People on Linux can type Alt-. .

I use Linux (KDE4). When I press Alt-. in kwrite I simply get . in gvim I get ® and here in Thunderbird I get nothing. So I don't think this is very practical.

Are y'all using your Alt Grill? Mînè łeŧs mê······