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-. . Anyone else can set up a script that'll let them type · using whichever keyboard combination they want. I admit this is pretty annoying, but since you can always use * if you want to, I figure that anyone who cares enough about using · instead of * (I bet that people in scientific computing would like that) would be willing to take the time to set it up.
What do you think?