On 10/27/2013 01:32 PM, Guido van Rossum wrote:

Still, the invariant for negative stride looks less attractive, and the need to use negative indices confuses the matter. Also we end up with -1 corresponding to the position at one end and -len(a)-1 corresponding to the position at the other end. The -1 offset feels really wrong here.

And I've never liked the property where when counting down, and you pass 0, it wraps around. (And the other case of counting up when passing 0.)

I wonder if it would have been simpler if we had defined a[i:j:-1] as the reverse of a[i:j]?

I think that would have been simpler. Could adding an __rgetitem__() improve things? seq[i:j:k] --> __getitem__(slice(i:j:k)) seq-[i:j:k] --> __rgetitem__(slice(i:j:k)) Or the sign of K could determine weather __getitem__ or __rgetitem__ is used? Ron