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On Feb 6, 2009, at 1:11 PM, Riobard Zhan wrote:
On 6-Feb-09, at 11:08 AM, Aahz wrote:
On Fri, Feb 06, 2009, Riobard Zhan wrote: >
I think the mailing list I am posting to is called "Python Ideas".
That doesn't mean that people will have any interest in your
ideas. You should pay attention to what people are telling you and spend less
time arguing with them.
It is pretty clear that colon-supporters do not pay attention to the
inconsistency of semicolons being optional and colons being
mandatory that I mentioned, and try to argue with me using a set of
reasons why they love colons when in fact the same reasons would
obviously make them love semicolons, and ignore the fact that they
are used to colons not because it is a better idea but they are
never allowed to omit.
Keep in mind that Guido is still BDFL, and you have effectively zero chance of convincing him to drop the colons.
It does not stop me giving it a try.
I Will give you an idea, change the rules of the parser so your idea
works (making colon optional) and maybe even making comas optional and
then show us how it works and then maybe convert the whole stdlib to
be colon free (and maybe comma free)... this is probably going to
convince more people that you are right... or it will convince you
that you are wrong :). I think it will be quite simple to do (as you
say it they are there just because so it should be a simple grammar
Leonardo Santagada santagada at gmail.com