On Sun, Feb 1, 2015 at 10:51 PM, Greg Ewing <greg.ewing@canterbury.ac.nz> wrote:
Todd wrote:
Although slices and ranges are used for different things and implemented differently, conceptually they are similar: they define an integer sequence with a start, stop, and step size.

They behave differently in some ways, though. Consider:

>>> list(range(9,-1,-1))
[9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0]


>>> x = list(range(10))
>>> x
[0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]
>>> x[9:-1:-1]

Would your proposed slice-ranges behave like slices or
ranges in this situation? And how will people remember

Since this is really a literal for making ranges, I would say the range syntax would be the correct one.

As I replied to Steven, let's forget the idea that slices and ranges are the same.  I was mistaken about that.  Let's just call this a range literal.  It has some features similar to slices, but not all.