On 2012-10-12 22:37, Ethan Furman wrote:
Ram Rachum wrote:
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 · ?
Why not use × ?
Because it is too easy to confuse · with .
Because it is too easy to confuse × with x
Because it is not solving a problem.
Because it would still take work, and then easily cause confusion.
<aside> In college we dropped the · and just wrote stuff like:
(x + z)(x - y)
but we can't do that in Python because they are function calls.
In short, I don't see it happening.