[Python-Dev] PEP 292-related: why string substitution is not the same operation as data formatting

Aahz aahz@pythoncraft.com
Fri, 12 Jul 2002 15:49:54 -0400

On Fri, Jul 12, 2002, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> - Optional formatting specifiers.  I agree with Lalo that these should
>   not be part of the interpolation syntax but need to be dealt with at
>   a different level.  I think these are only relevant for numeric
>   data.  

I've used "%20s" * 5 frequently enough in the past to do crude tables.
That's not a feature I'd like to lose.
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